Inspired by Kandinsky

Georgetown fourth grade artists have been learning about the work of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky.  Inspired by his “Composition VIII”, they traced circles and masked off lined areas on their watercolor paper as they explored creating an art piece in the style of Kandinsky.

kandinsky.comp-8 Composition VIII

This great little video really brought this painting to life!

Their finished Kandinsky pieces are colorful and filled with interesting lines, shapes, and patterns.

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* Identify realistic, abstract, and non-objective art

* Create an art piece in the style of Wassily Kandinsky

* Use color, line, shape, and pattern to create an eye-path through my art piece

Thanks to Melissa’s Studio for this project inspiration!


Kindergarten Secondary Pumpkins


Kindergarten artists are learning about Primary and Secondary colors. Students were given play dough in Primary colors and found out that Primary colors can mix together to form new colors we call Secondary colors. Students then drew pumpkins on paper and were given paint in Primary colors. They mixed the yellow and red paint on the paper to make orange for their pumpkins. They mixed yellow and blue on their paper to make green for their leaves. After the pumpkins dried, they cut them out and glued them on purple paper. All three secondary colors are represented on their final project; orange, green and purple. Way to go Kindergarteners! Your pumpkins turned out great.



See more cute pumpkins at our ARTSONIA Art Gallery!


Up, Up, and Away!

Second grade artists reviewed the art element of LINE as they created these gorgeous hot air balloons.  After adding all the lines they could dream up, they carefully added color using watercolor paint.

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And of course these beautiful balloons needed to float in the sky…so our artists chose just the right map from an old atlas to complete their work.  Stunning, wouldn’t you say?

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See more hot air balloons at our ARTSONIA on-line gallery!

Colorful Peacocks

Fourth Grade artists have been working hard to finish up these gorgeous peacock drawings.  After reviewing color families such as primary, secondary, and warm/cool combinations, they added color with oil pastel and carefully blended the feathers, adding a bright green background to finish their masterpieces.  Aren’t their peacocks amazing?

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See more peacocks at ARTSONIA!

Fourth Grade Highway And Byways

Paul Klee’s “Highway and Byways” was the inspiration for these pieces created by our Fourth Grade artists.

Paul Klee "Highway and Byways"

Paul Klee “Highway and Byways”

This project also focused on our school-wide goal of improving student math number sense with a deeper understanding of fractions. Fourth grade students used their knowledge of fractions to divide their paper space into halves, thirds, and fourths.  They chose a warm or cool color palette and used watercolor to fill in their spaces.  The finished pieces are a reflection of their use of color, shape, line, and of course…fractions!

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See more of this project at our Artsonia on-line art museum.

And – special thanks to Miriam at Arteascuola for this project idea!

Roy G. Biv

First grade artists wrapped up their color unit with a little rainbow order project and Mr. Roy G. Biv.  They painted their little birdies in rainbow order, and LOVED their Roy G. Biv bracelets!


Thanks to my fellow bloggers for these project ideas:

Rain bow birds – The Painter’s Palette

Roy G. Biv Bracelets and Template – FunArt4Kids


Picasso Portraits

First grade artists learned about the art of Pablo Picasso and had fun exploring shapes as they painted these fun portraits.  They also got a chance to demonstrate their understanding of warm and cool colors as they painted.

We did this project a couple of years ago – see it here – but this year my kiddos painted the black lines instead of using black oil pastels; the lines look much nicer on this project.  We also added white printed “snow” for background interest.

The Button Project

Georgetown artists in grades 1-3 began their first project of the school year with a fun little line, shape, and color review – The Button Project.  Their designs began with a button or fuzzy pom-pom of their choice; they then created a radial design using lines and shapes around their buttons and pom-poms.  Check out their fabulous designs!


The button project was inspired by a project from the blog Fine Lines – see it here. 

First Grade Fauvists

What would you think if you woke up one morning and looked out the window…and the sky was green, the trees were blue, and the grass was…purple!  First grade artists were tickled pink to learn about the way the Fauvist artists played with color, using strong, bright colors in unusual ways.

Here are some of our Fauvist landscapes.  First graders had a blast playing with new color combinations as they painted.

First Graders Meet Roy G. Biv

First graders began exploring color this week by meeting….Roy G. Biv.  As they created their own Rainbow Roys, they became experts at recognizing the colors of the rainbow – Red-Orange-Yellow-Green-Blue-Indigo-Violet!

  Check out the rainbow order teeth!

Color Mixing – Painting Roy’s Hair

This lesson is borrowed from Mrs. Bumgardner’s 1st Grade Classroom BlogThanks Mrs. B. for inspiring a new way to teach the colors of the rainbow!