Kandinsky Cityscape

Kandinsky Cityscape projectThis Kandinsky Cityscape project is in honor of his wonderful city life paintings, such as “Houses in Munich”. I tried out a new media that offers the rich colors of pastels, but with pencil points so you can color more precisely with them. They are probably not in the budget of your average classroom, but I recommend students try them out on their own. They allow for much more detailed coloring, and are not nearly as messy as the chalk sticks.


• Black Construction Paper
• Oil pastels


1. Starting with a sheet of black paper, students draw in pencil a horizontal ground line.
2. Afterwards, they draw a series of building rectangles that sit side by side. Windows and roofs may be added, but keep them simple.
3. Students trace all of their pencil lines with a black pastel.
4. The lines are traced with pastel again to make them nice and thick.
5. When coloring in the buildings, they should choose the brightest and boldest colors – anything except the normal brown and gray. The sky and ground may be experimented on as far as mixing color, but the buildings should be just one flat color to create some contrast.
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10 Responses

  1. Renee

    I adapted your “Kandinsky Cityscapes” to address the concept of bilateral symmetry and negative space with my second grade art students. And because I have no oil pastels, we used construction paper crayons. I had students start with the middle building, then draw “matching” buildings on each side as they moved toward the edge. They completed these in about 30 minute or so. If you’d like to see a few samples, they are at my blog site, Creating Art With Kids – http://creatingartwithkids.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for this great idea!

  2. Kathy Barbro

    Hi Zoanna,
    Sorry for the delay – I just saw your question. I think that this definitely could be done in one class. Just keep the size to 9″x12″ at the largest. Have fun!

  3. Zoanna

    Could this project be done in 50 minutes, including clean-up time? That’s all I have for my 5th grade class (six in the class). I also teach the same length of time to a small class of 3rd and 4th combined (also six kids total). I’m just wondering whether to plan to make this a one or two period project.

  4. Garza Girl

    This is awesome. I’m doing an art project with Kinder kids tomorrow and really appreciate your work!


  5. crispy

    My kids are just getting to this cityscape right now.

    Thanks for all the great ideas. For a homeschool mom, I really appreciate the free and easy ideas.

    You have helped bring art into our school.

  6. ginac

    Your blog is very popular in our homeschool household. We LOVE your ideas!

  7. Kathy Barbro

    Thanks everyone – especially to Fairiemom for the nomination! I really am encouraged by your feedback.

  8. juliaNY07

    Hi Kathy,

    I am a home school parent and have just found your blog, it is wonderful…I plan on using LOTS of these ideas with my chn, they are 6, 8 and 10 and I am often searching for Art ideas, so thanks so much for putting these together. Cheers Julia

  9. Fairiemom

    I just wanted to let you know that I nominated your blog for an award!!! I love reading what other families are doing and the blogs that I choose all have such great ideas! I know many homeschool parents are also VERY greatful for your posts!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. ivey patton

    hi kathy-
    thanx for all the great ideas! i teach art in durango, co and come to you when i’m feeling a bit brain dead!
    ivey patton

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