Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow on December 16, 1866. He studied law and economics, but at the age of 30 he decided to enroll in art school in Munich. Though his early paintings are mainly of towns and landscapes, he loved to experiment with color and eventually he began to create abstract paintings. Kandinsky is thought to have had synesthesia, a condition in which the stimulation of one sense leads to a sensation in another sense. Kandinsky, for example, seemed to be able to hear color. After a long career painting and teaching, Kandinsky died in France on December 13, 1944.
There are not many books about Kandinsky geared toward children, but The Noisy Paint Box is an excellent read. This book tells the story of how Kandinsky received his first paint box from his aunt and heard the colors as he mixed and painted. The pictures are beautiful and the descriptive word choice is superb. This is a must-read for any Kandinsky artist study!
Wassily Kandinsky Activity Ideas
I think Kandinsky (and other abstract artists) are wonderful for children to study because their work is a bit easier for kids to imitate. Of course, Kandinsky wasn’t just slapping paint on his canvas, but younger ones are more likely to be able to make something similar to his works than to those of Michaelangelo, for example. When we studied Kandinsky a couple of years ago, both of my children enjoyed the projects we tried and were not intimidated at all.
All you need to make a Kandinsky Colorweaver is some paper and crayons!
Ami and her crew did this project that they found at Deep Space Sparkle–easy Kandinsky circles with construction paper.
If you’re keeping an artist notebook, check out this free notebooking page on Kandinsky!
Wassily Kandinsky Tea Time Treat
For one of our tea time snacks, we had Kandinsky Cookies! We just made plain sugar cookies (I like this recipe) and then used tubes of icing to decorate them. It’s an easy treat–and a great way to use up those stray decorating supplies that seem to accumulate in the pantry!
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