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Our Own Take on Kandinsky

“Everything starts from a dot.”

Wassily Kandinsky

Kandinsky was one of the first artists to create completely abstract (non-representational) art. Due to his special ability to hear colours (called synaesthesia cognate) his pieces made no reference to the natural world. We were inspired by his piece Several Circles to create our own abstract piece.

Our classroom was very quiet while the students were creating these. Perhaps they could hear the music Kandinsky could see?


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Bridget Riley – Op Art

“I work with nature, although in completely new terms.”

– Bridget Riley

Optical art is a style of visual art that makes use of optical illusions. The artist, Bridget Riley was our inspiration today. We had fun looking at her op art creations and seeing the movement and illusion contained within. Then it was our turn to create an optical illusion with lines and curves.


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Kandinsky – Circles

“There is no must in art because art if free.”

– Wassily Kandinsky

The inspiration for our piece today was the artist,  Wassily Kandinsky. We spent some time looking through his work and were inspired by his art that focussed on circles. Our inspiration was Several Circles.We created our very own art journal pages using the circle as our framework.

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Klee – Castles and Sun

“A line is a dot that went for a walk.”

– Paul Klee

Our grade 1 – 3 class became the architect’s of their own castles this week. We spoke about the Swiss artist, Paul Klee and studied his many paintings. A few favourites included: Red Balloon 1922, Individualized Altimetry of Stripes 1930 and The Goldfish.

I love their creativity and free-form style.

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Van Gogh Sunflowers

“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.”

– Vincent Van Gogh

It was a wet and windy day today but we brightened up the classroom with sunny still-life paintings in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. We looked at examples of his work from his self-portraits to his landscapes to his famous sunflower paintings. Then it was our students turn to take up a paintbrush and have a try.

And here are a few more examples from our class the next day:

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Keith Haring Collage

“Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.”

Keith Haring

Action was the word of the day as we explored the art career of Keith Haring. Our students really enjoyed the whimsical and energetic style that he brought to his work. We worked on action line drawings and translated them into a graphic collage…take a look.

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Waterfall Inspiration

Art in Action was invited to create a waterfall project for a recent birthday party. We used good quality watercolour paper, acrylic paints and oil pastels.

Here is what we came up with:

The birthday party was a blast and the kids did a great job capturing the essence of a waterfall.

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Action Jackson

“I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.”

Jackson Pollock

At our last session at Humbercrest we looked at the process of painting like Jackson Pollock. He is most famous for the paintings produced during his ‘drip period’.

After seeing many examples of his work our students embraced the process wholeheartedly and created some pretty amazing works. We kept the mess to a minimum by placing our canvasses in cardboard boxes. Then we got busy dripping, spraying, pouring and flinging paint!

Take a look:

Our classroom was filled with laughter and creativity – just the way we like it.

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