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Wassily Kandinsky Art Projects For Children

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Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian artist, printmaker and art theorist whose works were among the first to herald the modernist movement in art. Since childhood, he was deeply fascinated by colour and shapes and this is reflected over the many artistic phases of his own career. The following provides information on Wassily Kandinsky's art experiences that can be created by children. 

Kandinsky was also one of the earliest figures to approach art as an integrated creative expression that not only engages the sight but also other senses like olfactory and auditory. Indeed he identified himself as a “synaesthete” which means he could “hear colours” and “see sounds”. He was deeply interested in how the colours made him feel and used different colour combinations to evoke emotions.

Among Kandinsky’s most famous works are Several Circles, 1926 which depicts a series of circles in different sizes and vibrant colours. This can make for a great starting point to introduce Kandinsky to children because of their inherent attraction to bold colours and increasing engagement with shapes. To make Kandinsky Circles with chalk pastels, children will need:

  • Black pastel, cardstock or construction paper cut in at least squares of 5.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Chalk pastels in bright colours.
  • White glue
  • Pencil
  • Paper towels for cleaning up

Have kids use their pencils to make a series of concentric circles on black paper. They can then trace their circles with white glue which keeps the pastels from blending into each other. Once they start to trace with the glue, it’s important that their paper is kept flat. If they pick it up and tilt the paper, the glue lines will run into each other. Also, remind kids that glue spreads as it dries, so as not to make the glue lines too thick. After the glue has had time to dry, it’s time to colour in the circles with chalk pastels. Have kids plan out their colours before they start, this will help things go much more smoothly. Start by colouring in the centre circle first. Using their fingers, kids can smudge the colour around the circle staying in the glue lines. For children who don’t like to use their fingers, Q tips or cotton balls can be used to do the smudging.

Kandinsky Shapes Collage

Another of Kandinsky's famous paintings is Weiches hart which depicts several geometric shapes including triangles in descending order. Encourage children to make a Kandinsky-inspired collage which will just need a sheet of construction or pastel paper in a bold colour, pastel paper in different colours, pencil and glue.

Help kids to cut out circles, triangles, squares and crescents in different sizes from the pastel papers and then stick on to the background.

The best part about a modern artist like Kandinsky is the rejection of realism so let kids have fun pasting shapes wherever and whatever order they like!

Further Reading

Salvador Dali Art Projects For Children - Salvador Dali was a famous Spanish artist known for being unconventional in both his creations and appearance. His paintings, sculptures and films often have a dream-like quality about them, often because the bizarre landscapes or actions depicted cannot happen in the real world. The following lists of activities to explore Salvador Dali with children. 

Pablo Picasso For Children - Considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso is famous for a style of painting known as Cubism. The following lists of activities to explore Pablo Picasso with children. 

Claude Monet For Children - Oscar-Claude Monet was a pioneer of the French Impressionist style of painting. The following provides information on Claude Monet's art experiences that can be created by children. 

Jackson Pollock For Children - Jackson Pollock was an American artist who painted in the abstract expressionist style. He is best known for works created by dripping and splashing paint on a large canvas that would lie flat on the floor. The following lists of activities to explore Jackson Pollock with children. 

Andy Warhol For Children - Andy Warhol became famous as an artist in the Pop Art movement which uses images from popular cultures like advertising, comic books and other everyday objects. The following provides information on Andy Warhol's art experiences that can be created by children. 


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Created On September 20, 2022 Last modified on Tuesday, September 20, 2022
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