Kandinsky inspired Concentric Circles, 2nd Grade

“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” 

ImageThe Colors of an Art Room 

When you see color, do you hear music? Wassily Kandinsky believed that color and music went together like peanut butter and jelly.  A pioneer of the abstract art movement, Kandinsky approached color with a musician’s sensibility. We began the lesson by discussing Kandinsky’s, “Concentric Circles”. We used Art Criticism to describe and interpret what we saw. Our discussions centered on color, shape, line, value and emotion. To get us hearing in color we listened to classical music as we worked. The new addition of our SMART board made for better listening. After dividing our paper into 6 equal squares we begin drawing our Concentric Circles. We then began mixing colors and adding it to our circles. Can you believe that all of these colors were made with red, blue, and yellow, our primary colors? Students were also experimenting with value by adding white to their colors to create a tint. The way students arranged colors reminded us of thing, places, memories and seasons.


Maura 2C 


Zander 2C 

“I applied streaks and blobs of colors onto the canvas with a palette knife and I made them sing with all the intensity I could.” 

Our 2nd Graders made their work truly sing. They provided so much color to the art room (and soon to be hallways).

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