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Kandinsky Inspired Art --- Learning Tool

I recently included a Kandinsky quote and painting in my weekly email newsletter (the newsletter goes out every Friday).  It sent me down a bit of a Kandinsky rabbit hole.  I stumbled onto a German website that I believe is for elementary school teachers.  They had a fascinating lesson suggestion that I had to try for myself.

STEP ONE - Laminate a design of colored tissue paper and black construction paper pieces.  No need to fill the whole lamination pouch.  Think about design.

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I used black tar paper for some of these, but it was too dimensional, so I ended up switching to black tissue paper.

STEP TWO - Laminate a design of just colored tissue paper.  Try to fill the whole pouch.  Think of it as a background.

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STEP THREE - Layer the two together. If you wish, hold them up to a window or other light source for a slightly different look.

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It gets really fun when you make a bunch of "step ones" and "step twos" and then mix and match them.  I made 3 "step ones" and 3 "step twos."

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Here are a few of my favorite combos:

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I had a great time with this exercise. I recognize that I'm a maximalist, but this exercise confirmed for me the fact that more layers are more interesting.

Now why would a grown-up artist be interested in this exercise?  Well, take a peek at what a difference the background can make:

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And sometimes it's not even the colors in the background, it's the placement of the colors in relationship to each other -- the two on the left are very similar in coloring...

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...but also very different in how they interact with the foreground.  I'm definitely going to be thinking about that the next time I sit down to paint. 

And one of the nice things about the clear lamination pouch is that you can flip everything all around for lots of variety.

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I think this exercise is one that you could do quite often and learn something new about design every single time.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

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