Kandinsky was born in Russia and was originally a lawyer. When he was thirty he decided to leave that profession and become an artist. His paintings and color studies are gorgeous and full of life. They are a neat look at abstract art for children because the paintings allow for quite a discussion! Kandinsky LOVED color and explored the way color could make people feel and think. For example, how do you create a painting about war without using images that people normally associate with war? What about the feelings that fighting and war conjure up?
|The piece we used for inspiration.|
This project is based on some of his color experiments. I hope you enjoy it--we did!
- Watercolor paper, ours was 8 1/2" x 12 1/2," I used Arches brand, cold press
- Masking tape
- Foam core or heavy cardboard
- Crayons, assorted colors
- Paint brush
- Water bucket and paper towels
|This picture shows the crayon circles within each of the six sections.|
|See how the child isn't just working on one set of circles within one square?|
Working on the entire piece at once allows the paint to dry and minimizes
the chance that the paint will bleed between sections.