As a previous educator who was in charge of a daycare center, I would develop curriculum and activities that would encourage children to not only gain knowledge on subjects, but also let them create unique projects. My passion of art drove me to learn about multiple artists, discover their techniques, and teach the children in my center to discover their own unique style. One such artist that I admire is Wassily Kandinsky.
Kandinsky was born in Russia, but became known in Germany when he set up the Blue Rider group with Franz Marc. Kandinsky genuinely thought he could “hear” the colors of paint and painted as if he was a pianist. Intriguingly enough, Kandinsky gave many of his paintings musical names such as Improvisation and Composition.
For fun try painting your own musical painting. This can be a personal project or a fun project for a child. Be sure to turn on their favorite music and use the following materials.
You will need:
1. Watercolor paper
2. Acrylic paints
4. Mixing palette
5. Sketching pencil
6. Jars of clean water
7. Paper towels
Here are four simple steps to imitate a Kandinsky style piece of artwork.
1. Let your child take large piece of paper and paint it a light blue color. Let it sit and dry.
- Let them sketch a flock of seagulls
- Help them draw their favorite fantasy bird
- Create a dolphin in the water
- Let them paint whatever they want
2. Let them use a bristle flat line brush and paint thin black lines that can represent:
- Ocean animals
3. Let them use bright colors for a rainbow.
- A rainbow across the clouds
- A rainbow coming out of the water
- A rainbow dwelling in the water
- Or let them just paint a rainbow in the corner of the paper
4. Let your child discover and use lots of colors and patterns in their creations.
- Whatever creature they paint, use different patterns
- Let them place additional squiggly black lines and spikes
- Remind them to dot their creatures eyes
- Let them create their own creation
Children can be sensitive. Help them by letting them know not to get all panicky if their painting doesn’t end up just perfect. Teach them about Kandinsky’s free style method, and his artwork was inspired to go with the flow, and that is why many of his paintings looked unplanned! It’s important to realize that a subject matter is not necessary, but to paint what they feel and “hear.”
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