Mondrian + Kandinsky = ABSTRACT ART!

Fourth grade artists have really been flexing their art muscles this month!  Their latest creations combine their understanding of the abstract art of Mondrian and Kandinsky, plus their recent study of color families, AND our school goal of improving number sense and fractions.  Whew!

After viewing work by Mondrian and Kandinsky, students discussed how both artists might have divided up their picture space as they created “Broadway Boogie Woogie” and “Several Circles No. 323”.

Broadway Boogie Woogie  Kandinsky-Several Circles

 

 

After folding their paper into halves, thirds, and quarters, students carefully planned where to place their lines and shapes to create a strong abstract composition.  Color was added after considering color families, and a printed border pulled their pieces together.  The final result?  Stunning!

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See more of our abstract pieces at our ARTSONIA on-line art museum!

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!

 

 

 

 

Fourth Grade Kandinsky Project

My fourth grade artists are finishing up their study of Kandinsky this week.  We’ve been looking at Kandinsky’s Squares with Concentric Circles and experimenting with color to create our own color study in the style of Kandinsky.

Kandinsky Circles

We used water soluable oil pastels to create these pieces – after coloring in their squares, my students lightly blended the colors with a small brush and water.  The results are really nice!fourth grade Kandinsky Fourth Grade Kandinsky Fourth Grade Kandinsky