This whole month, we will be focusing on art appreciation, understanding the techniques of famous artists & then recreate it in a simple way. But how do I simplify it so that it interests a 5 year old.. and which work do I start off with? We have a lot of art prints hung throughout our office.. and in the meeting rooms my eyes are always drawn to this particular painting.. Wassily Kandinsky‘s Farbstudie Quadrate or Squares with circles.I knew this would be a hit with Lil P because she loves structure and she loves colors..
Kandinsky’s water color circles
We started off by getting comfortable at the dining table.. Lil P’s friend S also joined us at the table for this art class. She is nearly 5.
We saw a couple of Kandinsky’s paintings.. and studied the technique for a while.. I asked Lil P what she noticed common in the few that I had shown her.. and she said I see circles.. and lines.. which was a good start in itself.
I told her it was abstract art and that Kandinsky was a Russian painter who had pioneered it..
So the next question is what is abstract art? So I showed them a photograph of a flower that we had taken … That is a realistic art form.. where you can see that rose is not real.. but you can make out clearly that it is a rose.
Then I showed them this and Lil p said it was a city picture with the sun and the planets.. I asked S what she though.. and she said it looked like toys on the floor.. with books and ribbons.. and we all laughed.. so this is abstract art where the original picture that the artist had in mind is not clear.
we then moved on to actually painting .. we took A4 sheets.. and drew 12 squares approx 3 inches wide. A3 is more suited but younger kids will tire soon and so start off with smaller sizes. I told them that they could alternate between cool colors and warm colors.. and fill up each square.
You can try this at home using pastels, Color pencils or tempera colors. Or you can go completely abstract and make one like this by pasting..