Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings, the artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.Wassily Kandinsky
Kandinsky's art is quite the experience. Wassily Kandinsky had synesthesia. He wrote about using a paint box for the first time and hearing the colors hiss. For Kandinsky, life was a multi-layered sensory experience. There are certain Kandinsky paintings that I'd like to live in for a while. One of the ways I do that is to bring it into my classroom.
The sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with bass notes, or dark lake with the treble.Wassily Kandinsky
Everything starts from a dot.Wassily Kandinsky
Next we looked at Kandinsky's Color Study: Squares With Concentric Circles. After reading about how Kandinsky used color and shape to denote emotions and ideas, we viewed each square of this piece as a separate experience. This gave us the opportunity to talk about mood and symbolism in art and literature! I created a response grid and numbered each square of the piece, and we went from there!
We also looked at Kandinsky's words. We had been doing a lot of thinking about how the words we say and write reveal things about us as people. We did this with authors and their books, activists and their speeches...why not artists and their words, too? I created a quotation biography. There are many fascinating quotations attributed to Kandinsky. We read these and completed a "Read-Think-Wonder" thinking routine about our favorites. This was especially interesting as we ended up comparing our thoughts about his words to our thoughts about his artwork.
The Math & Art Connection
Paintbrushes at the Ready?
Painting with passion and layering colors!