Studio sessions are ideally a time of self expression, experimentation and risk taking. The Kindergartners observe techniques i.e. (Seurat's stippling, Calder's kinetics or Pollock's splatter painting) and are sometimes inspired to create using similar hues, materials or subject matter. Documentation is taken on some occasions to thoughtfully reflect on finished work and/or the process.
One goal as an art teacher is to never hear, 'I can't do art... I'm not good at art..." nor should that be a part of a Kindergartners' vocabulary.
- laying a foundation for an appreciation of the visual arts
- demonstrating how 'art" is intertwined with all other subject areas we are learning
- cultivating a venue for self expression
- gaining a healthy respect for the efforts of others.
The first artist we are studying this year is Russian born Wassily Kandinsky. This pioneer of Abstract Expressionism is considered to be one of the first to use nonrepresentational or abstract figures in his paintings. Kandinsky was inspired by a viewing of "Haystacks" by Post Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh.
Our follow up Art session included a reading of a fictional account of the artist's young life titled The Noisy Paintbox by Barb Rosenstock and the igniting of our own synesthetic senses while listening to music from Russian composer Richard Wagner's opera Lohengrin. This composition was said to be the inspiration for some of Wassily Kandinsky's colorful abstract paintings.
|W. Kandinsky. Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles. 1913.|