This math connected, Kandinsky-inspired art lesson is easy, fun, and foolproof. Students’ creativity is activated as they use circles and dots to create a non-representational, abstract composition that shows unity and balance. This is a mixed-media lesson which uses common art materials and requires almost no preparation.
The lesson is introduced with an observation of and discussion about two Wassily Kandinsky paintings composed almost entirely of circles. The lesson offers students the opportunity to use geometry vocabulary as they discuss Kandinsky’s work.
What Can You Do With a Dot? includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- suggestions for related read-aloud books
- suggestions for looking at art by Wasily Kandinsky
- directions for the art-making activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student work
- suggestions for writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
BONUS: Wassily Kandinsky Artist Biography included!
This comprehensive art lesson is 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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What Can You Do With a Dot? is also included in two different lesson bundles:
Four Quick Art Lessons
and Playing With Shapes - Four Math-Integrated Art Lessons
About Wassily Kandinsky is also included in two other resources:
Artist Biographies for Kids
Kandinsky-Inspired Abstract Art
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
Creating Art With Kids
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