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.


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!



The result was fantastic πŸ™‚


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



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.


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™‚


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.


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!).


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.


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

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


  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


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