Friday was an AWESOME day for grade 7, as we made a HUGE creative mess inspired by two incredible artists from the past.
We began the class by discussing and brainstorming questions we would like to find out about Kandinsky. The goal was: to get enough information so that we could teach someone else about him. Then we watched this excellent video and discussed the answers. I was astounded despite how short and quick the video was, that the students absorbed so many of the key facts. The discussion afterwards was very rich.
Now, it was time to learn about Jackson Pollock, this video was more about his techniques and ideas rather than his life. Yet it was brilliant for the task that was about to follow. Next class, we will delve a little deeper into these artists and connect them to our theme “Emotions in Art & Music”.
For management purposes, I split the class into two and had one group copy (research) 5-10 symbols/shapes from Kandinsky’s “Composition” paintings.
While the other group had the pleasure of replicating a Jackson Pollock painting. Then the groups swapped after 15mins. It was awesome hearing some of the comments as the students created.
One of the best comments was from Oliver, when he said “This is so satisfying”.
The results were surprisingly varied and seriously beautiful. Here are a few photos, as I haven’t photographed them all yet. Next class, we will review the techniques, and ideas of both artists and connect them to our theme.
I am seriously enjoying this unit, as much as my students and can’t wait to do more!