I then changed our subject matter to farm animals. We looked at a variety of historical abstract art that included farm animals and discussed if the artist exaggerated, distorted and/or simplified the animal. We looked at a few from Picasso as well. I created a Prezi that is linked here. Finally the students chose the farm animal they wanted as their subject matter and began sketching ideas on ways to abstract the animal.
When they had their drawing ready, we discussed their ideas and then they chose to redraw their abstract farm animal on black or white paper. Oil pastels were used to color in their work. I got the idea for this project from http://4.bp.blogspot.com/
My lesson plan can be found here.