Celebrate Spring with a colorful flower tree made by your students!
From the creator:
“We did lessons on the artist Wassily Kandinsky.
Then the students were to create their own brightly colored circle art for the tree. I created the tree with acrylic paint on bulletin board paper then stapled up the students work.”
More about the artist:
Squares with Concentric Circles (Farbstudie – Quadrate und konzentrische Ringe), perhaps, Kandinsky’s most recognizable work, is not actually a full-fledged picture. This drawing is a small study on how different colour combinations are perceived that the painter used in his creative process as a support material.
For Kandinsky, colour meant more than just a visual component of a picture. Colour is its soul. In his books, he described his own perspective on how colours interacted with each other and with the spectator in detail and very poetically. Moreover, Kandinsky was a synaesthete, i.e. he could ‘hear colours’ and ‘see sounds.’
So, this is probably righteous that after a century, it is not one of his compositions – which he himself considered as his main achievements – but this small drawing that has become one of Kandinsky’s most popular works.
PS: Interestingly, by arranging circles in such manner, the painter unconsciously created a piece of art in the Serial Imagery technique (e.g. Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn Diptych).
More information about the artist: https://www.wassily-kandinsky.org
How can you use this board with your students?
- Have students talk about what words different colors mean to them. Create a large chart of words to describe red, blue, purple, yellow, and more.
- Next, have the children make their own color circles, using the colors they feel will “go together” better.
- Finally, assign a creative writing project where students will write a story about the colors they chose and how they came to be in the circle they have drawn.
Flowering Comes Full Circle
- Cover your board with yellow bulletin board paper.
- Next, using brown paint or a wide tipped marker, draw the tree trunk and branches using the picture as an example. Optional: You could also use dark brown tissue paper that is twisted and stapled to the board as your tree.
- After students have finished their circles, they will cut them out around the edge.
- Staple the “flower” circles to the board and enjoy the feel-good colors all month long.
- Finally, print out a small information sheet about the artist Wassily Kandinsky for other students and staff in the building so that they learn a bit more about your artists’ tree too.
Perfect for an opportunity to integrate reading, writing, biographies, and art, this board is a great example of how different subjects can cross paths to create a meaningful learning activity.
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Submitted by: Gina