I’ve had this resource post in my drafts for a while. On one of our many trips to the library this summer, we found an awesome art book that helped spark our idea to look into history through the eyes of art for Raven’s 7th grade transcript.
Since Wassily Kandinsky is one of her favorite artists of all time, she chose him for her first artist study of the year. We haven’t really done artist studies in the past, but she has studied various artists in co-op class back in Kansas.
And so, I purchased some art stickers from Dover, printed off lots of fun notebooking pages, and collected resource links – and we went to town!
The only problem was – when it was time to return the books to the library, I left most of our printed papers inside the book!!!
When we went back to the library, the book was re-shelved – sans papers. And the staff didn’t know who or when had processed the book so there was no telling what happened to our precious resources.
Some of the pages were not finished, but a lot of them were awesome art studies that Raven had done. Argh. I still can’t believe we lost it all. Now we only have two pages in her art notebook to show for it all.
So here my post sat – with all the resources carefully organized. I finally got up the courage to take pictures of what is left so I could share it.
Here are the resources that we used to study Wassily Kandinsky.
Online links to information and activities for Kandinsky
- Printable Biography
- A very in-depth site about the artist
- Wassily Kandinsky information at Artsy
- Kandinsky – online exhibit at the Guggenheim
- Biography on Art Genius
- A free art lesson plan to download
- Awesome coloring activity based on Kandinsky’s “Decisive Pink“
- Entry at artcyclopedia – scroll down for links to his displayed collections
- Kandinsky bio and art critiques at The Art Story
- A beautifully done lesson set of Kandinsky for teachers at Guggenheim (link for the pdf of all lessons in on the right of the page)
Kandinsky Notebooking Pages
- Famous Artist Study Page – a blank page to use for any artist
- Work of Art Study – a blank page for any work of art
- Wassily Kandinsky notebooking page from Homeschool Helpers
Books and Physical Resources
- Kandinsky Coloring Book
- Sticker Art Shapes – Kandinsky(a fun little sticker activity book)
- Introduction to Art (Usborne)
Videos about Kandinsky (or in his style)
- Composition VII (from SmartHistory – for high school/college ages)
- Composition VIII (musical)
- Kandinsky himself drawing
- The Kandinsky effect
- Through the Ozone
- Artwork by Kandinsky
We really enjoyed learning about the connection between Kandinsky’s works and music – and how he used his gift of synesthesia. Wassily could see sound – and hear colors!
As a strong auditory learner, I have often been able to “hear” movement. I have a vocabulary of words that my family knows is my way of expressing how things move. They think I’m a little kooky – but they put up with me. It was neat to discuss this with the kids and find out other ways that we experience the world uniquely through our senses.
Other art resources we are using:
More of our notebooking resources: