Picture Book:

I was so excited to find The Noisy Paint Box as the picture book for Kandinsky. When I did my student teaching practicum in a sixth grade classroom, I did a unit on Kandinsky and I wish I had had that book then! It tells the life of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the first painters of abstract art. I find it interesting that he experienced colors as sounds. The illustrations for the book are imaginative and keep the book from feeling like a biography.

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Go Along Art Project:

A Study in Lines is the lesson we did when Bear was younger. This is a lesson for ALL ages, though.
Color hues, based on this painting:
Wassily-Kandinsky-Colour-Study-15685and the ever-so popular concentric circles, which we still have framed on our wall.

Corresponding Literature:

Kandinsky is from Russia, and I have lots of resources for Russia at this link. There is a great photo list of our favorite books set in Russia in that post. I hope you’ll check it out.
winter olympics russia

If you are starting this series in the middle, be sure to check out the landing page to see the beginning of the art history timeline.