Our last Wassily Kandinsky project (for now) was to study lines (thick, thin, wavy, straight, zigzag, stippled, dotted, dark, light and so on) and paint some while listening to music. We then chose colors to add to our lines. The goal was to use bright colors. We chose to listen to The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint Saens, as we had recently been inspired to by About a Girl and had spent the entire evening before learning about the instruments and animals in the piece, as well as coloring the animals that About a Girl so generously shared with me.
First, I reminded her where Kandisky was born and we looked it up on the map.
Then, I showed Bear this painting and this painting by Kandinsky. I asked her what shapes and types of lines she could see in the paintings and asked her about colors too. I asked her which painting looked brighter, which had more colors, what colors she could see. I didn’t bother printing them out.
I showed her a poster depicting different kinds of lines I had made when I taught third and fourth grade art.
This gave her a lot of inspiration when I challenged her to show as much variety of types and thicknesses in her painting. (One thing I was taught was to challenge the students with criteria to meet – this is what helps them grow as artists.)
That above was her practice run. I then gave her a 12×18 piece of watercolor paper to paint on and we turned on the music.
She always looks serious when she is concentrating. The broad stripes are the lion (as narrated by Bear as she painted) and the squiggle is the hen.
We let our paintings dry (I was participating on my own paper) and then added color.
The finished work.
I actually did a 6 week version of this with a sixth grade class during my student teaching days. In that unit we looked at lines in poetry and lines in art and played around with composition and how changing just one line can change a poem and a painting, and also how colors can change the mood of something. The culminating project was painting to music in much the same way Bear did but over two days.
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