Thursday, September 5, 2013

1st Grade Concentric Rings

1st graders learned about  Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. For the first back to school project I wanted to focus on something that could be seen as bright and cheery.  So we studied Kandisnky's painting, Squares with Concentric Rings. 

We watched this short video to get us inspired to make our own:

 Students set to work by folding their paper to make 8 squares ( 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom). They then traced a large circle in each square and added two more hand drawn circles to each square.  Students then set to work painting. They were instructed to keep their colors separate and try not to mix them, as well as two of the same colors could not be touching each other.  It took two 50 minute classes for students to finish, for this project brush control was stressed greatly.

Here are some of the results:

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