Gesture in Abstract Art Curriculum Guide


"We need to connect our modern art collection with the community"

Dr. Jennifer Wagelie
Senior Academic Officer, Indiana University Art Museum
Adjunct Professor, Indiana University


This is a teacher resource book I designed for the Indiana University Art Museum.  The book features 6 lesson plans revolving around methods of creating artwork influenced by different abstract artists, including Jackson Pollock, Wassily Kandinsky, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, and Morris Louis.


Indiana University Art Museum
Monroe County Community Schools

Project Outputs


A curriculum of 6 units exploring methods and ideas in Abstract Expressionism, planned to be used in coordination with visits to the Indiana University Museum of Art's permanent collection.


Book featuring high quality images of artwork from museum collection with coordinated lesson plans for K-12 teachers


“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes....Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas.”

Arshile Gorky

Client & Community Outcomes


The central concept was to help the community in Bloomington, Indiana use the Indiana University Museum of Art's collection as an academic resource for educators. 


Students taking this curriculum would the subconscious, stream-of-consciousness, and abstraction as a means of opening up opportunities for expression.  An appreciation for these types of art-making encourages more engagement with modern art.