Our most recent artist was a Russian and the Father of abstract art--Wassily Kandinsky. For a musician such as me, it was exciting to hear about the connections between art and music that Kandinsky emphasized, as well as the meaning of different hues of color. Students had fun listening to music while looking at his art. We crafted our Kandinsky creations by rolling some dice for abstract shapes, watercoloring, and adding "textures" to the work. I may be partial, but I think our abstracts could rival Kandinsky himself, and would certainly make him proud.
Before we worked on our Christmas candle projects, we studied the great Vincent van Gogh. The kids LOVED hearing about this quirky painter and his eccentric habits. They also LOVED emulating his style in our Starry Night Over the Twin Cities chalk pastel pictures. We had a blast using the heavy strokes and overlapping, vibrant colors characteristic of van Gogh. Here are how they turned out. There are lots, because I was in love with the work everyone did on this one!