Monday, January 12, 2015

Wassily Kandinsky - father of abstraction #4

I love introducing children to amazing and talented artists and I count Kandinsky as one of those unique individuals that I could spend ages exploring.

Once we started to take a closer look at the element of line with my little-ies, we explored his painting - Composition VIII...
Kandinsky regarded Composition 8 as the high point of his postwar achievement. In this work circles, triangles, and linear elements create a surface of interacting geometric forms. The importance of circles in this painting foreshadows the dominant role they would play in many subsequent works. Solomon Guggenheim purchased Composition 8, the first of more than 150 works by the artist to enter the Museum's collection.

With younger children, we worked as a group, finding many different lines types in this painting. For older students, I made them each their own copy for their art journal and asked them to label the ones they could identify, then we shared our findings as a class.

We followed this up with this journal age about lines (note 2 different levels)...
After exploring the lines types individually, students were challenged to draw a picture in the box completely composed of the line types listed above.
They came up with some great ideas :)



 
With older students we went even further and looked at how line types are used in cultural patterns in a specific way to define their unique and identifiable characteristics.
Here I projected up examples of Kowhaiwhai patterns (NZ Maori) and also gave each student their own copy.
We used different colours as we built up the seemingly complex patterns from the main elements through to the minor.

This exploration of cultural line lead into a unit on sea creatures with Y3 students which I will post more on later ...

With love as always...


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