Kandinsky Circle Painting

This Kandinsky project worked really well with my last after school watercolor class which includes kinder through 5th grade. MATERIALS Watercolor paper (I used Strathmore) Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS PREP: pre-print grid lines on watercolor paper.  With Kandinsky’s original painting in view, students drew concentric circles in each square with a crayon (no need to start with pencils). They pressed hard to make a “wall” that would help keep colors from running together. … Read More

Kandinsky Common Core Art

How many art projects include art history, Common Core standards AND make something really striking? Not many, and I’ve been at this for quite awhile now. This project was inspired by Kandinsky’s Color Study painting, and involves partitioning a square into four equal areas. To be exact, that is Common Core standard 3.G.A.2 (2nd grade geometry). Start with some inexpensive plastic plates, color them with brush Sharpies, and you have a pretty amazing work … Read More

Kandinsky on Canvas Panels

This is a match made in heaven, Brush Sharpie markers and Kandinsky on canvas. The brush markers just glide on the canvas and leave a brilliant color. Makes for a very fun project for all ages and all abilities. It’s not often you can so easily simulate an original masterpiece, as with Kandinsky’s “Farbstudie Quadrate” MATERIALS • Canvas panels, 11″ x 14″ • Brush Sharpie markers • Crayola Glitter markers (optional) DIRECTIONS PREP: Lightly … Read More

Kandinsky Circles with Oil Pastels

Kandinsky pretty much invented abstract art back in the early 1900’s. His “Study of Abstract Squares” is a fun and easy painting to imitate. Encourage students to lay in on thick, so they will have lots of rich colors. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper, 9″ x 12″ • Oil pastels (I recommend Portfolio brand) DIRECTIONS 1. Start with a 9″ x 12″ paper, and have the students fold it in half; and then in thirds … Read More

Maple Leaf Drawing, Kandinsky Style

Here’s a maple leaf drawing idea that uses colors, Kandinsky-style. Kandinsky was one of the first artists to make abstract paintings that celebrated ideas as simple as rings of color. I followed my Maple leaf drawing lesson seen in the diagram below and then used some new Prang crayons for the vivid color. They really do have all the amazing color of oil pastels, but none of the mess, thanks to their handy-dandy holders. … Read More

Kandinsky Pastel Cityscape

This Kandinsky Pastel 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 … Read More

Kandinsky Art Trading Cards

Kandinsky was one of the first creators of pure abstraction in modern painting. Students can have fun imitating his color style, and for a change, hope their colors “run” into each other a bit. 1. Draw concentric circles on a 2.5″ x 3.5″ watercolor paper, in the style of Kandinsky’s Farbstudie Quadrate painting. 2. Fill in with liquid watercolors. Overlap just a bit so that edges begin to bleed together, but not so much … Read More

Kandinsky Tree Collage

If you combine the idea of rings of color with a tree, you get a Kandinsky tree collage. Try to have the students make as much variation as possible – some thin, thick, large, small and so on.   MATERIALS • Warm colored card stock paper, for the leaves • Cool card stock paper, for the ground and sky • Black card stock paper, for the trunk • Scissors • Glue stick   DIRECTIONS … Read More

Kandinsky Leaves

Here’s an idea for mixing art history with the season, filling in a leaf drawing with Kandinsky-style circles. MATERIALS Maple Leaf Drawing project tutorial Drawing paper Black Sharpie Prang Color Wands   DIRECTIONS Draw a maple leaf on drawing paper, using my tutorial link above. I believe the tutorial is good for 3rd graders on up, but would recommend a tracer template for kinder through 2nd grade. Curves are some of the hardest things … Read More

Torn Paper Kandinsky Art

Abstract art projects are great for those who feel that art is always about drawing, and may not always be so keen on their skills. Sometimes just making irregular shapes with color can produce beautiful results. These circles are created in the style of Kandinsky’s “Farstudie Quadrate”. 1. Students start with a horizontal 9″ x 12″ sheet of white paper. They choose six colored rectangles (4.5″ x 4″). These are to be glued down … Read More

Mini Canvas Kandinsky Diamond Painting

A fun and easy abstract art project for kids is to use brush Sharpie markers on mini canvases. It feels like your painting with the world’s brightest colors! MATERIALS Mini canvases, 3″ x 3″ Craft stick easel Craft stick easel PDF tutorial Sharpie Brush Markers Clear gloss spray, optional   DIRECTIONS Use a pencil to lightly draw two lines on the canvas, evenly dividing the canvas into four sections. Using Sharpie Brush Markers, color four triangles … Read More

Mini Canvas Kandinsky Circle Painting

Mini paintings call for images that do not need to be too exact. Kandinsky’s circle art is perfect for even young artists to imitate. MATERIALS Mini canvases, 3″ x 3″ Mini easels (or make your own with craft sticks, see link below) Sharpie Brush Markers Spray sealer DIRECTIONS Mini canvases come in all different sizes – this one measures 3″ x 3″. Start by dividing the canvas into 9 equal boxes in pencil. Using Sharpie … Read More

Kandinsky Trees

If you combine the idea of rings of color with a tree, you get a Kandinsky tree collage. Try to have the students make as much variation as possible – some thin, thick, large, small and so on.   MATERIALS • Warm colored card stock paper, for the leaves • Cool card stock paper, for the ground and sky • Black card stock paper, for the trunk • Scissors • Glue stick   DIRECTIONS … Read More

Kandinsky Watercolor Painting

This Kandinsky project worked really well with my last after school watercolor class which includes kinder through 5th grade. MATERIALS Watercolor paper (I used Strathmore) Crayons Liquid watercolor paint   DIRECTIONS PREP: pre-print grid lines on watercolor paper.  With Kandinsky’s original painting in view, students drew concentric circles in each square with a crayon (no need to start with pencils). They pressed hard to make a “wall” that would help keep colors from running … Read More

Kandinsky Cityscape

This 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 … Read More

Kandinsky Oil Pastel Circles

Kandinsky pretty much invented abstract art back in the early 1900’s. His “Study of Abstract Squares” is a fun and easy painting to imitate. Encourage students to lay in on thick, so they will have lots of rich colors. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper, 9″ x 12″ • Oil pastels (I recommend Portfolio brand) DIRECTIONS 1. Start with a 9″ x 12″ paper, and have the students fold it in half; and then in thirds … Read More

Torn Paper Kandinsky

Try a torn paper Kandinsky art project for students who feel that art is always about drawing, and may not always be so keen on their skills. Sometimes just making irregular shapes with color can produce beautiful results. These circles are created in the style of Kandinsky’s “Farstudie Quadrate”.   MATERIALS • Multimedia paper, 9″ x 12″ • Colored paper, assorted colors, cut to 4.5″ x 4″ rectangles • Glue stick • Oil pastels … Read More

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