As my kids have gotten older, they’ve started to do more work on their own. Sometimes I give them independent projects to encourage this growing self-sufficiency, like this art study on Wassily Kandinsky.
I chose Kandinsky because we have been focused on Russia these past few weeks and he is one of their most famous artists. Also, he is widely regarded as a pioneer of abstract art.
My goal for this project was for my kids to learn about Wassily Kandinsky’s life, see how his paintings evolved throughout the years and discover what influenced his work.
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I told the girls I wanted them to learn about Kandinsky, so first they went online to do some research.
Some of the websites they used for their research were:
After they read about his life and work, they used our art authority iPad app to see his art.
Immediately after finishing, my youngest said, “you can really see how his art changed over the years.”
Remember when I said that I wanted my kids to see how his paintings had evolved over the years? Well I never mentioned that to her. She discovered it herself through her own investigation!
They were able to fill out one of our biography report pages with everything they learned about the famous artist.
Now that they they understood a bit more about Kandinsky and had studied his work, it was time to paint.
Painting Like the Master: Kandinsky
Each child chose one of their favorite pieces as their inspiration.
My youngest was very drawn to the paintings featuring circles and decided to give that a try. My oldest really enjoys abstract art and was moved by Kandinsky’s use of geometric shapes.
Sometimes when we study art, they don’t know what to draw or paint, but this time they were so inspired that they knew right away what they wanted to create.
Wassily Kandinsky’s Life and Art
After they were done, we sat down so they could share with me what they had learned through this independent art project.
There were certain points that I wanted them to see and understand.
- The reasons why Claude Monet’s “Haystacks” influenced Kandinsky’s early work
- What makes “Blue Rider” one of his most famous pieces
- What inspired one his most famous abstract pieces, “Composition VII”
- How he used geometric shapes, like in “Yellow-Red-Blue” as he continued exploring abstract art
- What influenced his later works, such as “Composition X”
Thanks to their research, they knew most of these, and we had fun investigating the rest together!
My kids really enjoyed this independent art project and it tied in perfectly with everything else we’ve been learning about Russia. Now we all know more about its art as well as its history, regional foods, geography, and so much more!