Wassily Kandinsky was a very well known abstract artist. His paintings were not geared towards children yet Kandinsky for kids is something that many art teachers are looking for to see how they can use the works of this well know artist to enhance the children’s appreciation for good, abstract art.
Many of the great artists works don’t lend themselves to children.They are often very detailed and extremely representational and they make children feel like they can never be like them. Abstract artists on the other hand are more up children’s alley as they used techniques that children themselves can try to emulate. Though they were usually accomplished realists their work is not threatening to children.
Kandinsky did not even start out as an artist. He actually was a lawyer and first and did not begin studying art until he was about 30years old. (Proof that you CAN teach old dogs new tricks.) Kandinsky started painting after the era of the impressionists and was the first artist to actually move away from any form of realism in his pictures.
Kandinsky used gorgeous colors and he painted pure design, concentrating on color and design.(like the image below)
He felt the colors and design had meaning in themselves which is a very important concept in introducing Kandinsky for children.
This post is not one meant to teach you all about Kandinsky as you can find out that stuff on other websites. It is meant to introduce abstract art to kids and to have them try out activities to be a bit like Kandinsky himself.
I am going to give you a simple lesson plan for teaching Kandinsky to kids and then give you some examples that other educators have done with the Kandinsky circles.
Kandinsky lesson plan
Kandinsky was a musician as well as an artist and thought of complex paintings as symphonies. As a result of that, many teachers who are incorporating Kandinsky lesson plans into their curriculum will start with an art activity that is related to music.
Concentric circles by Kandinsky
Squares and Concentric Circles is one of Kandinsky’s most recognizable works as a result it is the piece of work that most teachers tend to try to emulate.
I happen to love Kandinsky because aside from the fact that I love his colors and designs, for children it is great as his work is in museums, sells for high prices and yet any child can feel that they could easily do what he does. How you incorporate Kandinsky for children really depends on how deep you want to go with this.
If the children are older you may want to include in the Kandinsky lesson plan more about this life and go deeper into the different paintings of his. I find that most teachers are usually touching upon each artist individually and not so much in depth. Therefore, Kandinsky art for kids will only be one of many artists that they are learning about. The kindergarten and preschool age children need to know very little about the artist, the name of the artist types of paintings he or she did and plenty of actual painting experiences are what they need. Elementary school age children can deal with more info.
The first one here is from art projects for kids. You take a leaf template, make a leaf and have them color it using all circles.
The next one is from one of my favorite art ed sites deep space sparkle. Here she used paper circles and glue to construct Kandinsky circles.
The next is from a well know preschool blog called teach preschool.
She used paper plates and paint to create the circles by smushing the paint on the plate.
The next is from a facebook page and uses a few different sized round objects to create the effect.
This last one is similar to the collage one but, uses foam pieces instead and I don’t have the website it was from.
I’m sure you can use other parts of Kandinskys work in your art projects but, the circles are so easy and so much fun so its a great place to start.
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