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Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)
Transverse Line, 1923
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

Level: Primary, Junior, Middle
Grades: K-8 | Age: 5-14 | Written by: Charlotte E. Broxon
[Charlotte is an art educator at Stone-Robinson E.S in Charlottesville, Virginia. ]

Students will expore the expressive qualities of line and color through the study of Wassily Kandinsky. They will also become more familiar with the painting process, as well as different kinds of colors and lines.


Students Will:

History: Kandinsky

Criticism: none

Studio: create abstract painting

Aesthetics: personal, thoughtful artistic choices will be made


Kandinsky used lines as well as shape and color in his art work.


Line- (poster with different kinds of lines on it.), Primary colors, Kandinsky

Visual Aids:

What You Need:
What You Do:

Day one Students will create an abstract composition based on the later works of Wassily Kandinsky using the primary colors.

Day two Students will add a variety of lines (with small brushes) to the compositions created the class before.


  1. Discuss Kandinsky visual
  2. Discuss primary colors in visual
  3. Discuss different lines in visual
  4. Remind students that Kandinsky did not paint THINGS so much as shapes, areas, and lines.
  1. Model correct painting procedure. (How to handle the brush, etc.)
  1. What does your painting make you think of?
  2. What kinds of lines did you use?
  3. How were they different?
  4. Tell me about the painting we looked at by Kandinsky?
A Few Rules Are:
  1. Follow your classroom rules.
  2. Don’t get too loud.
  3. Treat your art tools with respect.
Recommended Books/Products:
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Wassily Kandinsky: 1866-1944 a Revolution in Painting
by: Hajo Duchting
Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian-born painter, became one of the founders of 20th-century abstract art, ultimately moving toward the geometric forms for which he is best known. Some of the more beautiful works included in this title are Several Circles (1926), Hard But Soft (1927), and Graceful Ascent (1934). Readers looking for a good introduction to the works of Kandinsky will be delighted with this volume.

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