1st grade- Kandinsky Color Circles

The 1st grade has been learning about Wassily Kandinsky (pronounced Vas-silly Can-din-ski).  We learned that he loved art AND music.  He thought that colors could express feelings, just like music.  He even said that seeing colors helped him hear musical sounds!  We found patterns in his paintings and guessed what kind of music he was listening to when he used certain colors.

Squares with Concentric Circles, 1913
Squares with Concentric Circles, 1913

This video talks about how colors and feelings go together.

For our project, we are listening to music and painting with colors that reflect the mood of the music.  For example, if we hear calm, quiet music, we might use blue paint.  What colors do you think match the moods in these musical performances?  You might recognize the music!

Day 1: Draw fold your paper into 8 boxes. Trace over your folded lines. Write your name and class on the back. Neatly draw 4 concentric circles in each box. Concentric circles look like a target. Use different colors for each circle.

Day 2 & Day 3: Paint your circles to match the mood of the music you’re listening to in class. Paint each circle a different color and switch colors when the music changes.