Kandinsky Circles
An Activity for Preschoolers:
Create an array of color paper rolled to mimic Kandinsky's circles.

Before You Begin:
Gather materials needed: cardboard box lids (e.g., shoe box or paper box lids); an array of different types of paper in different colors, sizes and patterns; black paint; paint brushes; scissors and glue.

Activity Goals:
  • To experience different types of art using various tools
  • To encourage creativity in design

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  • Step 1.
    Either before beginning the activity with the children, or as a class, paint the inside of the box lids black.
    Step 2.
    Discuss different kinds of animals. Talk about the colors of the animals’ fur or skin. Have the children point out how a cow and elephant are the same (they both have a tail, four legs, two eyes, etc.) Then, have the children point out the differences.
    Step 3.
    Paint one wheel red, another yellow, and another blue.
    Step 4.
    Cover the blue plate in blue cellophane or plastic wrap and repeat with yellow and red cellophane onto the same color plate for each wheel. Secure the plastic wrap or cellophane with glue. You can choose to either set these out on a table or attach large craft sticks to make handles for each.
    Step 5.
    Talk with your students about the different colors, defining and explaining primary and secondary colors.
    Step 6.
    Show them each primary color wheel, and stack them in different combinations. Have the young ones look through the stacked color wheels to see the secondary colors. (They can stack the blue and yellow wheels and make green, etc.)
    Step 7.
    Have the children discover new colors by allowing them free play with the color wheels.

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