This math-connected, five-part art lesson is embedded with fine motor skills development. Kindergarten students work with line, shape, and color to produce an abstract composition inspired by Wassily Kandinsky.
This comprehensive art lesson is meant to be taught in centers or stations over a period of five days, with the optional “looking at art” introduction taking place on the first day with the whole group. 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:
• use of scissors
• coloring skills
• pencil grip
• eye-hand coordination
• development of concentration
• listening skills
Kindergarten Kandinskys includes the following:
- 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.
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 Art
Try these related art lessons for Kindergarten:
Three Literature-Based Art Lessons for Kindergarten
Elmer and Friends
Exploring Lines and Shapes
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
Creating Art With Kids
lessons are designed to focus primarily on the creative process. They are intended to be open-ended enough to encourage student creativity and detailed enough to give teachers clear direction.
Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids,
for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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