In this cross-curricular art and math activity, children are challenged to see geometric shapes from a different perspective, that of the artist Wassily Kandinsky. After learning about some of the greatest works of the Russian creator, the children take brushes and paper and paint the geometry.
Cultivating positive attitudes towards mathematics.
Familiarity with the art of Wasilly Kandinsky.
Enhancing students' creativity and imagination.
Suggested age group
Kindergarten - 1st Grade
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Getting to know Wasilly Kandinsky and his work
Utilizing the visual material can mobilize students' interest in Kandinsky and his work. At this stage, students are asked to identify the shapes in the artist's works, describe them, make assumptions about their possible interpretations and express their opinions about his art.
Drawing geometric shapes
Students are asked to draw inspiration from Kandinsky's works and draw geometric shapes on watercolour paper using oil pastels. Encourage students to draw thick lines.
Then, they paint the inside of the shapes with watercolours. Observe with the students that the colours do not come out of the shapes. Why is this happening; (Watercolor cannot be mixed with oil pastels)
After they have painted the inside of the shapes, it is the turn of the background with different colours. Notice again that the colours inside and outside the shapes do not mix. Why? Oil pastel is a natural fence. Allow students' projects to dry flat.
Allow enough time for all students to present their projects to the group. Art is an ideal medium to unlock even the most timid children. How do others interpret our work? What do we like about what we created?