Kandinsky Art Project for Kids
A little art history was on the cards this week as we attempted to have some fun with concentric circles inspired by the work of Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian artist who became known as the first real abstract artist. Look him up. His work is a great starting point to introduce art history to kids. His use of shapes and colors represent something young kids can relate to and we are excited about some future projects we hope to do, inspired by his work.
Kandinsky's concentric circles are a great place to start, because well, they are circles; and kids from preschool age will recognise and relate to circles. I was also excited to use recycled loose parts for this project, retrieving lots of bottle tops, paper cups, lids and jars from our craft cupboard. Basically we needed lots of different sized circles which we would use as stamps after dipping in different colours of paint.
Expect things to get messy if you are doing this with preschoolers. They just can't help the urge to get paint all over their hands and fingers, which in this case added to the fun of the final pieces of work. The circles came out so well and it got me thinking that I'd love to use this technique on a wall somewhere. It's such a fun, colourful and simple process which produces a really vibrant result.
After the circles had dried, the girls wanted to cut them out. There were so many ideas on how we could use them; we settled on turning our circles into snail shells using glittery foam as the snail's body and cut up pieces of pipe cleaners for the antennae. All the extra bits were scraps left over from previous projects and activities. I keep everything!!