Kandinsky Oil Pastel Circles

Kandinsky-Oil-pastelKandinsky pretty much invented abstract art back in the early 1900’s, and his “Study of Abstract Squares” is a fun painting to imitate.

1. Start with a 9″ x 12″ paper, and have the students fold it in half; and then in thirds so that you have 2 rows of 3 squares.

2. Using oil pastels, students are to make a circle in the middle of each square fill it in. Then they gradually add rings of different colors around it, some thick and some thin until they reach the edge of the square. The corners are filled in as needed.

3. Students continue until all the squares are filled in. Remind them that slow, solid coloring is going to look much better than quick scribbles.

4. Young students may just practice their coloring with a variety of pastels. The 4th and 5th graders could be challenged to use different color theme in each square. For example: warm colors, cool colors, neutral colors, complementary colors, etc.

This art was made by a 2nd grader.

8 Responses

  1. Anonymous

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  2. joshua

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  3. Jean

    Here’s our version. We had a lot of fun with this – thankyou! http://jeaninallhonesty.blogspot.com/2010/04/kids-art-projects-kandinsky-circles-in.html

  4. K-Sue

    We did this yeserday, and it was a hit! Thanks for all your inspiration.

  5. Rhian

    I’m in Wales in the UK and looking for projects to do with my adult students who have learning difficulties and your work is really inspirational and at the right level for them – thank you for your ideas

  6. Inquirer

    We had a great time with this. Check out our finished project.

    By the way, thanks for helping me bring some creativity into my home. You have inspired me to really give my boys something I never had.

  7. growingupartists

    This is a fantastic resource! My kids did a weekend workshop with their art teacher on Kadinsky. Your sidebar has a total of three lessons, just a colorful click away! Just so you know, I’ve got you number one on my sidebar, because there’s nothing like starting the day with your chosen painting.

    Thanks again!!

  8. twinklescrapbooks

    I love this! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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