Small Kandinsky with oil pastels

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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!





We paint! instructions for use

Friedrich in gradation


11 thoughts on “Small Kandinsky with oil pastels”

    • 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!

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


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