Kandinsky Drawing: Ages 3-6

 
Wassily Kandinsky, Spitz und Rund, 1925 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 

Wassily Kandinsky, Spitz und Rund, 1925
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 

 

Take a look at Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky's Spitz und Rund (Pointed and Round). What kind of shapes does he use to make this abstract painting? What about the colors? Kandinsky is using two types of shapes here: geometric and organic. Geometric shapes are shapes you might know like triangles, squares, or circles. Organic shapes don't have specific names because they are "made-up" by the artist.

Materials you will need:
scissors | colored pencils | colored paper | tape (non-permanent)

Using the tape, start by tearing and cutting out shapes. Make some big, small, long and short. Simple shapes like triangles and squares work, but try making some organic shapes too. Save them on the edge of a table.

Randomly place the pieces on your paper. Don't be afraid to make some overlap.

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Your piece is already beginning to look like a Kandinsky!

Next, using colored pencils, color over the entire paper, over the tape, and use different colors. Some colors can blend into the next.

Perfect! Now we are ready to remove the tape. Be careful and pull slowly.

All done! And if you have extra time, color in the shapes.