Want a summer holiday project?
The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA to it's friends, has a truly exceptional series of videos presented by Corey D'Augustine.
Each video is a breakdown of the methods used by various abstract artists. The one below is about Willem de Kooning.
I love how understanding the techniques involved really brings the art to life. Abstract Expressionism isn't always the easiest movement to get but watch a few of these and the ideas begin to come through.
Also note that these videos are often packed full of scientific concepts, solutions, solvents, emulsions, etc. The engineering/craft side of fine art is under appreciated in science education.