Art

“Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul.” (Wassily Kandinsky)

Last week we studied the artwork of Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian abstract painter. The Wiki entry gives you a really good outline of his evolution from more conventional paintings to abstract art.

Two of my favorites:


You can find a lesson on geometry in art here, and a lesson on KinderArt here.

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Today we went on an internet field trip to India.

The Ajanta Caves, carved out of rock and mountain by Indian monks back in the Dark Ages, are absolutely incredible.

The children were amazed by the sculptures and the frescoes.

Here is a wonderful 3D “map” of the caves.

And a lesson plan on painting frescoes. And an art lesson!

Finally, we’re going to paint pictures tomorrow and tape them at the top of the stairs where little hands can touch them often. Then we’ll see what happens to the “frescoes” over days, weeks, maybe even months. This will help them better understand how public art needs to be protected from the elements and the public.

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The other day, we looked at some of Jackson Pollock’s art. This web site had some good information. We also really enjoyed watching this video:

This afternoon, we decided to let the paint fly. The only rule: NO FLINGING PAINT AT THE WASH ON THE LINE!!!

I love this picture of Michael and Katie Grace together, not killing each other. DOH! Forgot the smocks!


OK, smocks on. Nicholas sort of flitted in and out– fling a little paint, ride a little trike…


The really got into it after a while. Unfortunately I didn’t get a great picture of the art because our lilac was being very shadowy.

And this is what babies do while their big brothers and sister paint– play ball-ball!

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Growing, Growing, Growing
Measure your child with a piece of green yarn or ribbon and cut it so it’s as tall as your child. This is the stem. Have your child make a flower for the top. You add two leaves, one with your child’s name and the other with her height. Hang up, starting at the baseboard. You should have a flower as tall as your child!

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Outdoor Painting
While the weather is still nice, you might enjoy this fun outdoor activity. Tape a large piece of paper to a fence or the outside of a building. Fill juice cans with paint and pant with large easel brushes.