All About Kandinsky!

Kandinsky's "Color of Squares" and our original inspiration.

Kandinsky’s “Color of Squares” and our original inspiration.

Wassily Kandinsky has been the focus of our art studies for the last couple of weeks. A Russian born painter, Kandinsky is credited with being the first painter to create artwork using only abstract images and we LOVE abstract! We specifically looked at his paintings consisting of layers of brightly colored circles.

Kandinsky's "Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles"

Kandinsky’s “Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles”

We began by creating pieces inspired by his work with layers of construction paper circles. Next, we studied the color wheel and students worked on blending new colors using only the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) and white. Students painted with their newly created colors (or hues) and used these paintings to recreate Kandinsky’s “Color of Squares” (pictured at top).

This artist study culminated in painting ceiling tiles around the school. So far we have painted 5, but there are more ceiling tiles coming in tomorrow…so be prepared to see a LOT more color the next time you visit our school!

Pictured here is a glimpse of our work and some of the tiles you will see. Enjoy!

Ceiling tile #1

Ceiling tile #1

Ceiling tile #2

Ceiling tile #2

Ceiling tile #3

Ceiling tile #3

Ceiling tile #4

Ceiling tile #4

Ceiling tile cluster in Ms. Tucker's office!

Ceiling tile cluster in Ms. Tucker’s office!

BIG Printmaking!

Just before and immediately following the winter break, the art students worked on a BIG Printmaking project. This project involved using foam to create raised images on paper and then affixing this foam-paper piece to rolling or stamping materials by Zot Artz to create layered prints! We painted on top of the tables as well as on the walls!

What we ended up with were huge, beautiful paintings that we are now working to cut into prints that can be framed, displayed and sold at our upcoming Spaghetti Dinner on February 7th!

Update: Some of our creations are being used for special packaging for the crayons made by the enterprise in Mrs. Huffman’s homeroom…so be on the lookout when you make purchases from her class!

See the pictures here to get a glimpse of our painting and creating process…

Beginning the piece with yellow paint applied with a "Mighty Rollo"

Beginning the piece with yellow paint applied with a “Mighty Rollo”

Dorian dives in with a "Pogo Paint Pole."

Dorian dives in with a “Pogo Paint Pole.”

At the end of our first day of printing...

At the end of our first day of printing…

Large printmaking project in progress

Did I mention that we painted on the wall???

This piece is almost complete...

This piece is almost complete…

The in-progress wall piece...an unexpected thing happened: the pattern of the bricks in the wall came through the paint and created an all new effect!

The in-progress wall piece…an unexpected thing happened: the pattern of the bricks in the wall came through the paint and created an all new effect!

Wall painting complete!

Wall painting complete!

One of the big printmaking pieces cut and framed into a single print. *These will be for sale at the upcoming Spaghetti Dinner!

One of the big printmaking pieces cut and framed into a single print. *These will be for sale at the upcoming Spaghetti Dinner!

Framed print from a wall painting!

Framed print from a wall painting!

Another framed print-for sale soon!

Another framed print-for sale soon!

Be sure to join us at the upcoming Spaghetti Dinner-there are many more prints and art pieces that will be for sale!

See you soon!

Mid-Week Creations

It’s the middle of the second week of school and we are working at the fastest speed imaginable! We have been painting using warm (red, orange and yellow) and cool (green, blue and purple) color families, blending watercolors and tempera paints. We began to work with tissue paper, collaging layers upon layers of color. We worked with textiles to add a sensory element to our work. We made a couple more mobiles and we are about to start some weaving projects!

Below are a few pictures of what we’ve been doing and how the classroom is evolving…

Here is a before shot of one of the circle paintings we created

Here is a before shot of one of the circle paintings we created

Completed cool color circle painting!

Completed cool color circle painting!

Another beautiful Cool Color piece!

Another beautiful Cool Color piece!

Cool Color piece with a black background.

Cool Color piece with a black background.

Warm Color Circle piece-amazing!

Warm Color Circle piece-amazing!

We popped out the warm watercolors so there was no "cheating" while using only cool colors...

We popped out the warm watercolors so there was no “cheating” while using only cool colors…

Our  Student Work Wall is filling up!

Our Student Work Wall is filling up!

Our Word Wall is beginning to fill up!

Our Word Wall is beginning to fill up!

Week One Work

Our first week of school was a busy one! This week brought the tough work of getting readjusted to a school schedule…and a ton of rain, but we didn’t let either slow us down. This week we turned line and shape studies into Mobiles inspired by the work of Alexander Calder!

Mobiles inspired by Alexander Calder. This piece was made by the 2nd period art class.

Mobiles inspired by Alexander Calder. This piece was made by Ms. Johnson’s homeroom

Another beautiful mobile!

Another beautiful mobile!

This mobile was made by Mrs. Huffman's homeroom class

This mobile was made by Mrs. Huffman’s homeroom class

This creative mobile was made by Ms. Johnson's homeroom

This is a second mobile made by Mrs. Huffman’s homeroom!

We also dove into some abstract art using India ink lines and/or black glue lines and watercolor paints. Here are some of the pieces so far:

Before shot of a student's abstract  black ink painting

Before shot of a student’s abstract black ink painting

Before shot of a student's abstract  blue ink painting

Before shot of a student’s abstract blue ink painting

Completed student's abstract ink and watercolor painting

Completed student’s abstract ink and watercolor painting

Abstract Watercolor Painting

Abstract Watercolor Painting

Abstract Watercolor Painting (lines were created with black glue)

Abstract Watercolor Painting (lines were created with black glue)

Abstract Watercolor Painting

Abstract Watercolor Painting

More to come soon!