Did you know he had a condition called called Synaesthesia? For Kandinsky, musical notes elicited certain colour pairings and he used this ability to try and capture on canvas, the visual equivalent of a symphony - WOW!
In my research for suitable art lesson stimuli, I came across many school art lessons that pay respect to this great artist and I started to wonder how I could incorporate him into lessons for my 4-6 year olds (Y1 and Y3).
|Our completed murals - Y1 on the left and Y3 on the right. Next time I think I'll call it Kandinsky's Quilt :)|
Again I cut water grade paper to A6 size (14.8cm x 10.5cm)
For my Y1 students I provided: wax crayons and liquid dye (or liquid water colour)
For my Y3 students I provided: wax crayons and tempera block paint
|liquid dye - the students rotated around the table using the colours of their choice|
The Y1's were required to draw concentric circles increasing outwards to the edge of the paper, aiming for a 2 finger gap between each circle.
|The tempera blocks with the teacher model|
The Y3's started with 3 dots randomly placed on the paper and then drawing the concentric circles and overlapping these as they went.
Put together the individual pieces made for a stunning mural in the Art Space.
I was able to observe and support/correct paintbrush grips and techniques, and students could use this small activity as skill practice for painting accuracy. It was also a perfectly manageable way to train students for wet work procedures in my room - using, managing, sharing resources, setting aside to dry and cleaning up.
Also - what to do if something went wrong. One student found that his adjoining colours ran together when he used too much, creating a new colour. I was curious what he would do/feel about this, having just shared the story - 'the beautiful oops' with the class. When he pointed it out I said: "wow - lucky you. You've made a beautiful oop!"
He grinned ear to ear and proudly continued on in a positive mindset on his journey of discovery.
Here are a few individual pieces:
I would love to know how you have explored Kandinsky with your students? Post a link below if you have made or seen a post about it :)
Thank you for visiting,