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Studying Abstract Art Lesson Plan

Learning Objective

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to create an abstract artwork using the Brush Ninja animated gif maker.


  • Computers or tablets with internet access for each student (or pairs of students)
  • Brush Ninja website
  • Paper and coloring materials (optional)



  • Begin by asking the students if they know what abstract art is.
  • Show examples of abstract artworks on a screen or print them out and display them in the classroom.
  • Discuss what makes these artworks different from realistic or representational art.

Explanation of Brush Ninja

  • Introduce Brush Ninja as an online tool that allows users to create animated gifs.
  • Demonstrate how to access the Brush Ninja website and briefly explain its features.
  • Explain that in this lesson, they will be using Brush Ninja to create their own abstract animations.

Exploration and Creation

  • Instruct each student/pair of students to open the Brush Ninja website on their device.
  • Encourage them to explore different brushes, colors, and animation options available in the tool.
  • Remind students that abstract art does not need to represent anything specific but should focus on shapes, lines, and colors.

Artwork Creation

  • Give students time to create their own abstract artwork using Brush Ninja.
  • Circulate around the classroom to provide assistance and guidance as needed.
  • Encourage experimentation with different brush strokes, color combinations, and animation techniques.

Sharing and Discussion

  • Have students share their completed animated gifs with the class or in small groups.
  • Ask each student/group to explain their artistic choices and discuss what emotions or ideas their artwork conveys.


  • Observe student engagement during exploration and creation phase.
  • Assess understanding of abstract art concepts through class discussion and individual explanations during sharing time.
  • Evaluate completed animated gifs for creativity, use of colors, shapes, and lines.


For students who finish early or want to explore further:

  • Encourage them to experiment with creating more complex animations using additional frames.
  • Ask them to create a series of related abstract artworks that tell a story or show a progression.
  • Provide paper and coloring materials for students to recreate their favorite Brush Ninja animation on paper.

How to animate with Brush Ninja

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