Wassily Kandinsky Game
Are you looking for a fun way to supplement your art history lessons? Going to be absent and need last minute art sub plans? Fill up your sub tub with low-prep art lessons like this Wassily Kandinsky project that excites students. Teach your students about modern art, the Blue Rider Group, and the difference between abstract and non-objective painting.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Wassily Kandinsky art game makes for the best and most productive early finisher activity for your students. You can set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity amongst different ones. Print out the game board and directions back to back, put them in a labeled folders, and let them pick what they’d like to create. This is similar to a directed drawing activity in which students are guided through the art process.
If you’re a teacher looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition, this will do the trick.
- To begin, roll the die twice to select two abstract shapes from the first column.
- Then, roll two more times to select another two abstract shapes from the second column.
- Next, roll three times to choose three lines from the third column. Overlap some of these lines on shapes throughout your design.
- Then, roll two more times to determine which two geometric shapes you’ll use from the fourth column.
- Lastly, roll two more times to pick the last two geometric shapes you’ll draw from the fifth column.
- Use watercolor paints to fill it in, blending colors where they meet and filling other shapes in with solid colors.
- Finish it off by outlining everything in black permanent marker.
I’ve included three ways students can generate their design. The first is the game board where students roll the die to select their parts. The second is a “you pick” board. Both of these are printables. And lastly, for teachers needing engaging lessons during distance learning, I’ve added digital spinner wheels!
First, print out the Wassily Kandinsky game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give your students dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. If you have access to a smartboard or projector, use the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. It will guide the students during each part of the art project.
Once completed, have students use the self-assessment rubrics to evaluate their artwork based on craftsmanship, creativity, following directions, work habits, project goals, and clean up. And then have them complete the “Big Ideas” sheet so they can connect the creation process to their learning.
If you are substituting or need a fast finisher activity, use the included coloring page.
- 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to compose an abstract watercolor composition in the Expressionist style of Wassily Kandinsky
- Permanent Markers
- Watercolor Paints
- Watercolor Paper
You Will Receive
- 12-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Wassily Kandinsky Game)
- 9-Page, Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Wassily Kandinsky Biography Handout
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
- 8, “I CAN” Statements Aligned to the Studio Habits of Mind
- Practice Drawing Page
- Coloring Page
- Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also for use in Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Seesaw, Microsoft OneDrive, Teams, and anywhere else you can share a link to a file…link on the bottom of page 2)
- Digital Spinner Wheels in Google Slides and YouTube (links on the bottom of page 3)
This was such a fun activity to do! I used it during a Russian studies unit and the kids all had a blast with it. I love that you don’t have to have art skills (or be able to teach them) to use this activity. – Kathleen B.
Excited to use this! We are going over the elements of art and discussing the various lines. This will be great to do after the PowerPoint on Kandinsky!! – Julia D.
I used this as a center in Math in our Geometry unit, because we do an activity that finds Geometry concepts in Kandinsky’s art and create our own. This was so much fun and my kiddos wanted to keep going and create more masterpieces. – Dana P.
I had a paint night with my family, to try out the lesson before I painted with my 3rd grade class. So much fun! My daughter, also a teacher, suggested reading the book about Kandinsky, called “The Noisy Paintbox”, as a literature and music connection to the art lesson. – Karen D.