This math-connected, five-part art lesson is embedded with fine motor skill development. Kindergarten students work with line, shape, color and texture to produce an abstract composition inspired by Wassily Kandinsky.
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to be taught in centers or stations over a period of five to seven days. It has an optional whole group art observation introduction, five art-making sessions, and an additional session for reflection and extensions. This format allows students to focus on each art-making technique, allows ample time for open-ended experimentation with shapes and lines, and assures just enough adult guidance to maximize student success.
In addition to art techniques and content, this lesson addesses these fine motor and and other skills:
• cutting practice with scissors
• coloring skills
• pencil grip development
• eye-hand coordination
• development of concentration
• listening skills
Kindergarten Kandinskys includes the following:
- National Core Visual Arts Standards information
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for looking at and discussing art by Wassily Kandinsky
- detailed steps for art-making
- ideas for varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- ideas for making math connections
- suggestions for writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
This drawing/listening activity is adapted from an activity in the book Drawing With Children, by Mona Brooks. It is a comprehensive art lesson designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
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This art lesson is written especially for Kindergarten classrooms.
Another version of this lesson for older students is bundled with two other lessons in Abstract Art for Kids
and is also available individually as Kandinsky-Inspired Abstract Design
Related art lessons for Kindergarten:
Three Literature-Based Art Lessons for Kindergarten
Elmer and Friends
Exploring Lines and Shapes
For early finishers who read independently:
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
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I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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