Kandinsky Color Study: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan

Art Elements: Color

Art Skills: Painting, Color Mixing

Art History: Kandinsky

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This highly-customizable lesson will keep your students engaged from the moment they walk through the door. It’s a wonderful way to review the primary and secondary colors with your younger students. To adapt it for older grades, you could push the color theory further, asking them to mix tertiary or neutral colors or to use a specific color scheme. Of course, letting students of any age invent their own colors is another fun way to go. When finished, these look fantastic displayed in one, enormous grid. If you’re looking for a less messy take on Kandinsky, check out Jessica’s cut paper version here!

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5 years ago


  • Christina Sordini

    Taught this lesson last year to my Kinders, 1st and 6th graders. I took the younger classes two class times (40min each) to complete a 9″X12″. Began the first day with the background knowledge of this artist with special needs, explaining why he chose this method and how he used the progression of his disease to his advantage. Introduced “abstraction” and the materials (oil pastels). I had the paper already folded into 6 squares before passing out. Through the process they began to notice how the colors were mixing and creating new ones! The second class, as they finished, they brought them to me in the hallway and their circle papers were added one-by-one to create a mural. The final project was breathtaking. Had to allow 5min at end of class for thorough soapy-hand scrubbing. :)

  • Tina

    The Milwaukee Art Museum has a Kandinsky exhibit right now. I took my boys to it yesterday and they LOVED it…how could they not with all those imaginative lines and colors he used. If anyone is nearby and can check it out do so. They have a great handout for kids.

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