Wassily Kandinsky – Colors and Concentric Circles
We have been looking at some famous artists all through the month of February . We looked at Seurat, Matisse, and Van Gogh, and now we are taking a look at Wassily Kandinsky. Now I’m no art buff. I can appreciate art, but I don’t usually go out looking for it (i.e. museums and such), but I do like creating art, especially with my children. And if we can create art that I actually want to put on my wall, well, I say, “Let’s do it!”
When we first settled on this idea to look at some famous artists, I started poking around Pinterest, just as I normally do. I came across several artists that I was familiar with, but one kept cropping up that I had not yet seen before. It was Wassily Kandinsky’s Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles.
And I liked it.
It was abstract, which is not necessarily my thing, but it had definition. It was colorful but not brashly so.
And it was something my kids could conceivably recreate.
And so we did.
Recreating Kandinsky’s Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles
Construction paper cut into 12 squares in various colors
One whole piece of construction paper
Pen (if needed)
First you need to prep your materials. I used a paper cutter to cut several sheets of construction paper into 12 squares each. I cut 1 square of each into 4 smaller squares, but this is not a necessary step. You can do it if you think it will help your child cut smaller circles.
Once your paper is prepped, you are ready to include your child in the cutting of circles.
For older children, you can ask them to just start cutting circles of various sizes. I was finding that the five-year-olds I had working on this project had some difficulty cutting circles or circles of different sizes, so I helped them a bit by drawing some circles for them to cut out. Allow them to cut them to the best of their ability. The more irregular it is, the closer it is to the actual painting, so try to keep your perfectionism in check.
Then you can have your child stack the circles on 12 whole squares. We did 3 circles on each square, mostly because I could tell the kids were starting to think it was a little tedious. I didn’t want them to lose heart before they finished.
Once all the squares were stacked, we glued them down.
For younger children, you can cut out the circles for them and have them glue them in the order they want.
Then glue the completed squares on the whole piece of paper.
Then admire your creation…er, your child’s creation.
Thank you, Kandinsky, for your inspiration. I’m loving it!
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