October 31, 2015

Can we Kandinsky? (Yes we can.)

As a little collab with my school's music teacher, we recently did an investigation into the work of the "father of abstraction", Wassily Kandinsky

We started with The Noisy Paint Box, about Vasya's childhood and adulthood with synesthesia. Check it out! It's an fascinating condition, and a great starting point to making connections between sounds and shapes, and color and music! 

Students also checked out some of his paintings, discussing what they might be. In "Diagram 17" (above) they noted the simple color scheme and shapes, and saw a rocking chair, mustaches, a cat, a dragon, and music (!they get it!).

Some of his color studies were equally intriguing, like "Concentric Circles in Squares". Much like when we studied Josef Albers, students were super quick to identify favorite color combinations and pairings.

We made our own concentric circles with watercolors, and got to incorporate both painting skills and "bigger/smaller" vocabulary!

To show off the student work, I added them to a tree I made using my Ellison die cut machine.
Check out our final bulletin board display here!

October 3, 2015

Square Up

We've been studying the work of color theorist and abstract painter Josef Albers in our pre-K art studio.  
His "Homage to the Square" paintings are the sh*t. 

As a class we looked at a few, and identified favorite color combinations. 
How does the same color look when paired with different colors?

(One girl picked this as her favorite and described it as
"a painting of butter on the kind of cheese that melts".)

Anyway, we did a little "homaging" ourselves. Students used their emerging tracing skills to make squares, and choosing color pairings that appealed to them.

We also did some experimentation with size, arranging squares of colored paper from large to small.

We had an excellent time playing around with color and squares,
and made some very cool art in the process!