Art education, inspiration and encouragement for children and parents in Arlington, VA
The Russian artist Wasisly Kandinskhy said "everything starts from a dot". Just like everything we do, think and say ripples out from tiny dots of thoughts, actions and words, everything starts from a dot, or a spark.
Painting was a spiritual practice for Kandinsky. He believed in his art so much that his mission was to share what he did in order to uplift humanity. He even wrote a book titled: Concerning the Spiritual In Art.
Kandinsky was the first to use color as a primary mode of expression. The Abstract Expressionism Movement that came out of this idea was and still is a revered form of art.
Not everyone agreed with Kandinsky. Color as emotion was a change to thinking and to what had been thought of as "correct" for art. Like many artists with a belief and passion, Kandinsky had to persevere in his beliefs..
Perseverance is a character trait all artists need to develop. In art class last week, one student's comment that they were board was used to help the class understand an important lesson.
Often times when you have a goal, the beginning is exciting and the end is rewarding, but the middle of it can be filled with boredom, struggle, hunger (when is snack?) and just plain old being tired out.
We practice perseverance in art to complete our work, to be responsible in caring for our supplies and in leaving the art rooms in good shape for the other artists like us who use the same space..
To begin the lesson, we looked at Kandinsky's Color Study with Concentric Circles done in 1913
_We began our art by learning how to fold paper,
We took the bottom corners of the paper and raised them up to meet and "kiss" the top two corners. Using one hand to hold the top of the fold, we used the other hand to press down on the rounded fold to flatten it out.
Inside each rectangle of our folded paper we used primary colors: red, yellow and blue. Please find here the worksheet on the process we followed to color the basic shapes. Sequential steps got us started. In short we used only primary colors to make our eight circles inside rectangles.
Just filling up the paper with color is a terrific accomplishment in itself. Next, after a much deserved snack, we used the primary colors to go on top of other primary colors. We had to make at least one orange, green and purple.
We also used white at the end to see how it could lighten and even change the color underneath. This blending with oil pastels is almost like painting.
What colors are you feeling today? How would you express your feelings in color starting with a dot?
"Each color lives by it's mysterious life." - Kandinsky
Jean Frank Stark
I make art and have taught to children for over 20 years.