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Kindergarten looked at paintings by Kandinsky as a starting point for this experience. Kandinsky loved music and it is thought his artwork was greatly influenced by that love.
Questions to consider:
Can a painting look or feel like music? What parts seem louder or stronger? What colors stand out most? What would this area sound like if we could hear it? How did he make the picture look like it's moving? Do some parts seem to be moving slower, faster?
It's interesting, most kids used the fibers as a thought, movement or sound rather than organizing them into a representational image. They were not told they couldn't do either or, they were simply prompted to explore the materials. On another note, the kids amazed me with the titles they gave their work...so thoughtful.
I'm Going Home by Julisa
Having A Birthday Radio, by Aditya
Untitled, by Hadi
I Wish I Could Be A Puppy, by Xareenah
Even Dogs Can Dream, by Abduhl
detail of Going Home
My Falcon, by Christopher
Gesso was poured onto a rectangular sheet of styrofoam. A wooden dowel was used to spread it around (exploring textures) and all of the extra fibers left over from weaving were used to create the design and movement. Watercolor paint was added the following week along with the option of cutting out an image from a magazine and gluing to a larger paper.