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The Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter) was a group of artists who gathered around Wassily Kandinsky in the early 1900’s in Munich, Germany. In this multimedia lesson bundle are three art lessons related to the work of three Blue Rider artists: Kandinsky, Franz Marc, and Paul Klee. The underlying theme for all three lessons is the expressive use of color. In the Kandinsky lesson, students learn to make a connection among music, feelings, and color through expressing their own feelings about music (included in the lesson) with colors by creating concentric circles in crayon. Then, they can create a crayon resist by painting over the circles with watercolors in a contrasting color. With the Franz Marc lesson, students learn to use a Durer grid (provided) to draw a horse; then color it expressively, and create a landscape habitat for their horse using bright pastel colors to suggest movement, stillness, or energy, and fantasy. The Paul Klee lesson is based on his painting Castle and Sun, but I suggest students create a castle and moon by drawing around geometric shape templates (provided). They can then paint it with watercolors in cool colors to suggest nighttime and/or winter, and add definition and details with sharpie markers and metallic or glitter crayons. Each lesson includes a recommended literature connection and a student self-assessment at the end of the lesson.