Sunday, March 2, 2014

How to Make an Abstract Kandinsky Painting

My daughter was telling me about an art project that she did at school.  She explained a little bit, and right away I guessed she was doing a painting project in the style of abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky. I asked her if she would show me how to create this project.  She was super excited about it and being a former elementary art teacher it excited me too. Keep reading to find out how to create a Gorgeous Kandinsky look-alike painting.
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Materials Needed:
white rectangular paper (we used 12x18 white paper)
tempera paint in the primary colors (red, yellow, blue)
mixing tray (we used paper plates)
oil pastels/or chalk

First you fold your paper into 8 sections.  (C told me the teacher did it for her)

Then you start with a dot in the middle of the rectangle spaces and paint around the dot in different colors until you fill up the space.  My daughter told me that the idea was to mix colors with the primary colors.  She absolutely loved the idea of mixing colors just like when we did our Egg Carton Paintings here.

Here are our finished Kandinsky paintings. We added oil pastel over our paintings after they were dry.

Here is Squares and Concentric Circles by Wassily Kandinsky made in 1913. How do you think our paintings compare?

****Our Egg Carton Paintings:


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  2. Abstract art engages and challenges the intellect but it also engages and challenges the emotions and to fully appreciate it the viewer has to let go of a need to understand what the artist is trying to say and instead tune into their own ‘feeling’ response to the piece. That’s the important connection.
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    1. I love what you said. Thank you Sophia.

  3. I love that you combined multiple materials; the oil pastels on top of the paint add a great mix of texture. That said, I'm an elementary art teacher and I do a similar project with my Kinders and 1st Graders that has a touch of collaboration and team building in it. Love to see the work of Kandinsky spread amongst our young ones - he's inspirational!

    1. Thank you! I love the combination of materials too. I love learning about abstract art and teaching kids about artists like Kandinsky.

  4. What a wonderful project and the results are stunning! I love teaching my boys about fine artists. I'm definitely adding this project to our "must-do" list. If you get the chance, stop over and share this at the After School Linky Party!

  5. Gorgeous! The final product is stunning!

  6. So happy you posted this! I teach art to home school kids one day a week. Last week, my order of supplies for the weeks class had not arrived in time and the day before teaching, I was faced with coming up with new lesson plans for the following day. I saw this post that morning and knew instantly, what we were going to do. The pieces turned out AMAZING, each so different and unique! The kids really enjoyed the project as well! Thank you so much!


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