This was the third time I've taught Kandinsky in Under the Influence. The first time, we based our pictures on his triangle/diamond color study. The next time, we did his squares with concentric rings. We used oil pastels both times (I love the way they can blend to look like paint).
This time, I opened up the project by teaching mixed media—how the children could use many different materials in the same piece. They had water colors, oil pastels and paper (to tear) to choose from.
After looking at his paintings, I let them loose to interpret his use of color and shapes through their own eyes and in their own style. What I like so much is that each one is so unique, yet they all work so well together.