Kandinsky Art Project

Sunday night our friends dropped A off to stay with us until Tuesday which meant I had 3 tired girls to get up on Monday morning for an early start with the Puddles. Very annoyed with myself at forgetting my camera – so photos on this post are all courtesy of Merry πŸ™‚

Skye, Fran and Amelie went off to a Tim Noble Dance Workshop.

Merry and I referred to ‘the plan’ and started a rather intensive Kandinsky art masterclass! It all worked rather well, Merry, armed with a laptop, showed examples of his work whilst I read excerpts from the Usbourne Art Treasury book which is rather fab in that it gives a page of information about the artist and follows with a simple idea to recreate something of your own in the style of. We learned that Kandinsky often thought of colours as music and so we played a little game where Merry played a chord on the keyboard and the girls thought about what colour it reminded them of which was rather successful πŸ™‚

Merry had printed off some colour wheel worksheets so we spent some time discussing primary, secondary and tertiary colours and how they worked, then got them all to colour one.

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Our main aim for the day was to recreate our own version of Kandinsky’s Concentric Circle painting.

We gave all the girls a sheet of sugar paper, folded into 6 sections, then asked them all to create their own concentric circles with gel pens, focusing on colour contrast. These pens are fantastic, very versatile – they are very smooth going on to paper, not unlike drawing with lipstick!

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The result was fantastic πŸ™‚

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They also did another version using poster paints again on sugar paper.

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If that wasn’t enough, we gave the girls some watercolour paper and asked them to draw yet more circles in oil pastels and wash over them with a watercolour paint. This also worked really well.

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So with one group’s art done, it was time to go along to watch the girls dance. Skye had a lot of fun but found some of the moves a little tricky – she did a great job and certainly didn’t look out of her depth; she recently decided that freestyle isn’t her dance of choice. I was completely mesmerised by Tim’s dancing – he was fab and seemed to be a hit with the dancers too – he had a very enthusiastic manner about him (apparently reminded Skye of Louis Spence!) πŸ™‚

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Once we had all the girls back to Merry’s and they had been refueled – we did the whole thing again with Skye, Fran and Amelie with equal success πŸ™‚ The other girls kept themselves entertained in the garden.

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All in all the day was a total success – looking forward to the next project. Will need to refer to the plan for that – once Merry has found it!! πŸ™‚ Ooops!

Whist all the girls played happily together Merry and I Hama Beaded…..more circles for me πŸ™‚ I just can’t help myself!!

So, home for tea, girls played top trumps and ds’ in bed and fell asleep rather late (again!).

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Merry
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 08:42:04

    I think I may have binned the plan. But furnished with dates I can recreate it. it was an excellent day I thought.

    Reply

  2. Zoe
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 09:09:25

    Will email dates over to you πŸ™‚ Was a fantastic day!

    Reply

  3. dor slat
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 17:41:12

    it looks like you all had great fun what wonderful painting created by the children, well done from dor s x

    Reply

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