Kandinsky Paintings

Kindergarten students used oil pastels and watercolors to create these colorful paintings.

Kindergarten students used oil pastels and watercolors to create these colorful paintings.

Kindergarten students looked at Wassily Kandinsky’s Concentric Circles study.  We discussed the meaning of the word “concentric” and where they might have seen concentric shapes before (ripples in a pond is a popular example!).  Students then folded their paper into quarters and drew a series of concentric shapes in each corner.  They colored some of their white space with oil pastel and some with watercolor.  We learned to blend oil pastels with our fingers (it’s a bit messy, but really fun!) and we learned how to take care of our watercolor paints and our brushes.

Kandinsky Shapes

Kindergarten concentric shape paintings

Kindergarten concentric shape paintings

Kindergarteners looked at Vassily Kandinsky’s Squares With Concentric Circles painting.  We folded our paper in half and half again to divide the sheet into four segments.  Then we used oil pastel to draw a shape inside each segment.  We then drew larger versions around each shape to fill up the space.  In the next art class, we discussed how to develop good painting habits, such as cleaning the brush and adding water to the paint.