New H@H Kids Edition Coming Soon! Pattern Play Abstract Art (Episode 26)

Create this new H@H project along with Lisa starting Saturday, August 28 at 10:15 am!
Watch the video right here or on the Museum’s YouTube Channel.

Project Overview:

Join us for Heckscher @ Home Kids Edition!  Learn about Nigerian abstract artist Odili Donald Odita and join educator Alyssa Matthews as she explores his kaleidoscopic painting, Horizon, an exciting 2021 Museum acquisition now on view in The Heckscher Museum Celebrates 100 exhibition.  Get inspired by Odita’s bold and colorful patterns and create your own unique abstract work of art!


  • white paper
  • colored paper
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • coloring materials (markers, colored pencils, or crayons)
  • glue
  • ruler

Key Concepts:

  • geometric shapes
  • abstract
  • landscape
  • horizontal lines
  • horizon line
  • pattern
  • color


For this H@H Kids Edition, we will be learning about Nigerian artist Odili Donald Odita and his abstract work, Horizon! Taking a closer look at our inspiration artwork, let’s make observations about details that you notice!

What do you see when you look at this painting? What kinds of shapes do you see? Odita uses geometric shapes to create his abstract work of art. When we use the word abstract, that means we are creating something that is made up of lines, shapes, and colors and doesn’t look like anything in the real world!

Do the shapes remind you of anything? Looking at the painting as a whole, it could resemble a landscape. At the top, we see blue horizontal lines that might remind you of the sky and as your eye moves down the artwork, we see triangles that resemble mountains. We can see a thin blue line that separates the sky and mountains from the rest of the painting. This is called a horizon line, the line that separates the sky from the Earth. As we continue to look at Odita’s painting, we notice shapes and colors that repeat themselves all over the artwork. He is using colors and creating patterns to represent different parts of the landscape and honor his Nigerian roots.

Today, we will be using his work as our inspiration to experiment with shapes and colors to create our own abstract artwork! We will cut several triangles our of colored paper to use as tracers for our design, filling our whole paper with different sized triangles drawn in pencil. Then, we will glue our tracer shapes down in three of the spaces where they were traced. The final step is to add color to the rest of our artwork using crayons, colored pencils, or markers!


Please share photos of your finished works of art with us on social media and check back soon for our next project! #HeckscheratHome #MuseumfromHome