This lesson was inspired by Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky is considered as the inventor and theorist of abstract painting in the 20th century. 5th Graders emulated Kandinsky's style. We talked about the great influence music had on making his creations. The black outlines were made with sharpie marker, students listened to classical music and draw how they felt the music. We also discussed abstract art and how color can change a mood or express a feeling. Students explored different watercolor techniques to fill their paper.
"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, and 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."