Hi everyone! Miss Sue here, sharing a color study completed with my pre-Kindergartners!
At the end of the summer, we had a few days to strategize with the other teachers from school. I’m the new art teacher at this school this year, so it was a great opportunity to collaborate with the other artist teachers on some ideas!
The music teacher brought in a book she picked up over the Summer - “The Noisy Paintbox: the Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Art”. I told her I had been hoping to introduce some Kandinsky, and a project was born!
For those of you unfamiliar with Wassily Kandinsky, he’s known as the “father of abstraction” and was also a synesthete! Music and melody literally became shapes and colors in his mind, and he often likened painting to writing a symphony. (Our music teacher did an awesome “sound drawing” project based on this - you can check out an example on my Instagram @puppyjawns).
In the art room, we ended up looking at his color studies, mainly concentrating on his painting “Circles in Concentric Squares” from 1913.
We decided to make our own artwork loosely inspired by “Circles” but instead of gridding them in squares, we collected them all on an extra large tree!
I made our tree in advance so the circles could be added as they were completed. I die cut a tree, and blew it up onto craft paper using my projector.
I cut out the enlarged tree, and hung it up for the kids to add their circles.
With some discussion about which colors look the coolest next to other colors, we created our own circles. Using watercolor paint on watercolor paper, students carefully painted their concentric circles.
With all of our circles added, we were able to compare and contrast circles, and even got to play “what sound does that color make?” building off the concepts they were exploring in their music class.