Here is a womderful video of painter Elizabeth Murray from art 21 While this is a stellar website, many artist profiles have content not suitable for children, but this is one that my students really enjoy. She describes the shapes she paints as "cartoony" and" blumpy." Her art is the inspiration for this abstract art project.
1. After you've finished viewing the video, discuss her art and what the students noticed about it.
2. Do a guided practice drawing where students draw shapes that are poking or squeezing against each other. They can be hard edged against rounded and have holes in them. Emphasize drawing shapes of different sizes and going different directions. They can draw shadows inside the holes to give depth. and shadows at the edges of shapes.
Use colored permanent markers to color in.