Small Kandinsky with oil pastels

astratto ispirato a kandinsky

After looking at some abstract works of art, painted from the beginning of the twentieth century, we have tried the technique of oil pastels to create small abstract works.
The artist who inspired us was mostly Wassily Kandinsky   (have a look on Wikipedia), Russian painter and theorist of 1900.

The students of Grade 9 have experienced as oil pastels can be mixed, overlapped and combined together to obtain nuances, contrasts or color gradations.
Look at these paintings full of color, light and movement! I find that all these small abstract works have a great personality!




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  1. love them

  2. These are stunning.

  3. These are so beautiful. What instructions did you give your students?

    • I gave them some images of Kandinsky’s works of art just for inspiration… The focus was on: – fill all the space (square) with colors
      – start with some free shapes (circles, triangles, spots, strips…) and then fill the shapes with colors
      – keep separate the colors (don’t mix too much the shapes and colors… this is inspired by Kandinsky, not by Pollock!)
      – Try to mix the oil pastels to get shades (blue with white, yellow and red…)
      – at the end add some dynamic black lines…
      What do you say… could it work? 😉
      Thanks for your comment morganevers, see you soon!

  4. They are beautiful. They would make terrific ceramic tiles using glazes too.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing all of your projects so generously. I have bookmarked so many of your posts to use for my students… they are so inspiring!

    • Hi Hillary! Thanks for your comment, I hope your students are enjoying your proposals and my suggestions! keep in touch! 🙂

  6. Sandy Box says:

    Very clever students.

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