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Abstraction of Instructions

Artist: Kenneth Noland

Year: 1964

Name: Bridge



  1. Start with a blank 22cm by 22cm square sheet of white paper
  2. Paint a dark blue 2cm line as straight as you can, starting from the top left hand corner of the page down to 4 cm to the left of the bottom right and corner and 1 cm up and then back up to the top right hand corner.
  3. Using a teal colour paint a 2cm line the same as the blue one but starting to the right of the blue line and running right along side it so that the ending point is to the left of the ending point of the blue.
  4. Repeat these lines using yellow, orange and red paint and then paint the little white triangle that will be left in the middle at the top in burgundy paint.
  5. Once the paint has dried, paint the rest of the white paper a very light cream.


Attempts of Abstractions

Attempt #1


Attempt #2


Attempt #3



Idea’s & Possible Challenges

The original artwork is organised and disorganised at the same time because of the use of free hand drawing/painting but the lines are still almost straight and it is reinforced by the centre of the triangle shape being off centre and not going right to the bottom.

As there are such straight and precise lines the instructions need to be specific which may cause confusion and lead the artwork to not looking the same as the original. If these measurements are read correctly the artwork should be painted correctly. As mentioned above even though the artwork is pretty organised and simple it still isn’t quite crisp so getting that across in the instruction may be difficult.

The only materials used for completing these instructions are paint and paper so it is unlikely that this will be the reason for some one getting the painting wrong.

Strengths & Weaknesses


  • The specific measurements worked well as all three are pretty close to the correct sizes and shape. I asked the participants if they liked how specific it was and they agreed because it gave them a starting and ending point.
  • Once the first line was complete the rest of the artwork was easy because it was repeating the same step but slighting different.


  • The materials weren’t very easy to use as the participants said that the colours kept mixing together so they couldn’t paint the straightest lines without leaving a white gap between the colours.
  • The second step was long and 2 out of the three participants said they had to read it a few times to understand it.

Overall to overcome these weaknesses the instructions need to be worded a little clearer (especially step 2) and instead of paint another material could be used or another step can be added in the instructions to say to wait for the paint to dry before using another colour.


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