The Colors of Kandinsky’s Circles.

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Ava, 8

At the age of 30 Wassily Kandinsky stop pretending that he was a lawyer.  Being unable to hide that enormous creative force that was always boiling inside of him, he moved to Europe from Russia and officially became an artist. His humble beginnings were soon noticed.  Today lots of artists follow his steps and admirably call him “The Father of Abstractionism”.

I am sure that when Kandinsky left his habitual life, well paid job and secured pension, lots of people thought he was crazy. At least, they said, he could have gotten into music if he wanted some artistic expression, since he already was a trained musician. But he decided to start his journey right that time and began learning the principles of art in a private school in Munich, which was one of the centers of art culture in Europe at that moment. However soon he realized that he wanted more from his life so he got married for the second time. As if that was not enough hassle, he started experimented with his painting style realizing that art does not have to be about something or someone. Sometimes colors, shapes and lines were just enough.  You will be surprised to learn that they can evoke feelings and emotions simply by looking at them on Kandinsky’s paintings.

Wassily Kandinsky’s Squares and Concentric Circles.

In 1913 Wassily Kandinsky created his masterpiece without even realizing. He wanted to make a little color study to see how some color combinations work but one hundred years later his drawing is admired just as before.

Last week we began studying colors. And it turned out that that some colors if put together help each other stand out.  Some color combinations  are beautiful and some are just blah. we talked about complimentary colors a little (I plan to refresh the kids memory every once in a while), rolled up the sleeves and got into work. I prepared the grids in advance, using crayon pencils that made borders so the colors could not leak to another square but believe me bleeding color is not a problem when you work with a watercolor paint, it brings something extra to the painting instead.

For the project you will need:

  • 9×12 good quality watercolor paper
  • crayon for making a grid on paper
  • watercolor paints
  • brushes and water cups
  • paper towels

Firstly, do the grid. You can make as many cells as you want. I prepared twelve but if you know that your child won’t be able to complete the project at one sitting due to a short attention span, do not force her, make  four cells  and have fun. It will still look amazing, I promise.

The circles could be first drawn with a pencil and then filled out with a paint or you can give your child a brush and see where creativity takes her. We tried working from the center to the outer edge or making big circles first and going to the center. If you wish to avoid a lot of paint bleeding do not work on one circle at a time, paint here and there. Paint in neighboring squares at once and only keep on painting next to a dry circle.

Sergei Prokofiev kept us company with his powerful and cheerful music.

Parents could not believe their eyes when they saw the final results. All paintings look worth framing and admiring.

Robert, 6
Zach, 5
Kyra, 5
Nimi, 7
Isabella, 5

Children had a lot of fun working on this project. They enjoyed mixing the paints and applying them to see if they got the best combination. Watercolor is absolutely enjoyable to use even with small children but my suggestion is not to pour too much water in the cups because  an exited child very often does not notice tiny details like a cup of water next to him.  And my students were  super exited about painting. 🙂

Have a great class and enjoy the colors!

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