Fourth Grade Mandala Ornaments

Fourth grade artists learned about the art of drawing a mandala as part of their study of Asian art.  They can tell you that  the word ‘mandala’ in the ancient Sanskrit language means ‘circle’.  A mandala is a spiritual symbol in Indian religions and represents the universe.

Georgetown’s artists created their own mandalas, enjoying the meditative process of working from the center of the circle to the outside edges, adding pattern and shapes to create a pleasing design.

We turned our mandala art into beautiful ornaments, adding printed pine needles and a watercolor background.

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I Can: describe a mandala; create a mandala using line and shape; create a pleasing color combination using warm and cool colors.

See more of these beautiful mandalas at our ARTSONIA art gallery!

Going In Circles With Kandinsky

Fourth grade artists have been exploring the abstract work of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky.  They loved watching this short video, “The Kandinsky Effect”.    They kept saying… play it again, play it again!

Inspired by Kandinsky’s “Several Circles” piece, fourth graders printed circles with black tempera paint and colored their circles with oil pastel.  We finished with a yellow watercolor background.

Kandinsky’s “Several Circles”

Printing circles

Student work

   

This project was inspired by this post from the blog, “A Faithful Attempt” .

Kandinsky Project

Georgetown fourth grade artists are finishing up a big Kandinsky project this week.  The  project is stunning, and we can’t wait to hang these in the hallway!

After looking at Kandinsky’s Several Circles No. 323 and discussing abstract art, we got started.

  Several Circles No. 323

We began by thinking about texture and color as we created our background.

texture background

Next came tempera paint in rainbow order, with a little white thrown in for playing with tints.

painting – rainbow order

We traced circles and painted over our marker lines with black tempera paint.

tracing circles and painting with tempera

Then – more color, this time thinking about warm and cool colors as we painted the circles.

One more look at Kandinsky’s circle painting and a big discussion about eye path and leading the viewer through the artwork by using shape and color….and finally, cutting our circles, carefully placing them on the background, and gluing the circles down.  The results….stunning.

Assembling Kandinsky project

Finished pieces!

 

This project was inspired by “Brooke’s Quilt #3” …. check it out, it is lovely!