This is my second year trying to do Kandinsky inspired watercolors. Last year for this lesson http://applesloveorangespdx.blogspot.com/2011/02/color-and-composition.html we focused on using organic shapes and geometric shapes and the concept of composition. While I liked some of them they were not very expressive and really not as Kandinsky as I wanted. This year I tried to focus more on using line and color to express moods and feelings. We started really well but by the end we had very mixed results again.
So I loved the movement and expressiveness of what the kids were coming up with during practice time and decided to break out the watercolor paper for this lesson (something I have a very limited amount of).
For their final assignment I asked them to use at least three expressive lines, three organic shapes, three geometric shapes and to repeat one of those shapes at least three times, to have overlap and to have something going off the page. I had them plan their design on printer paper and then use india ink and watercolor paint.
this one is a good representation of the majority of lessons I received. I know this student followed my directions but yet the end result is lacking. When this many student's struggle I know it is a issue on my end with how I design and or teach the lesson.
Yet for other students, mostly the ones I choose to show, this lesson really clicked for them.
For round three next year I think we will make these changes:
*Use smaller paper...I cut smaller pieces of paper for the second class and the kids were able to handle the space better in that class.
*Use cardstock and not watercolor paper (less pressure on the kids and me)
*Put more emphasis on repeating three elements, a expressive line that is repeated 5 + times, and then two shapes that get repeated at least more than three times.
*Do more pre-practice on how to create a composition with unity and balance
*how to help the student's better handle using color in the lesson...should they use a color family or have a free range of colors like they did this time
*how to re-capture the freedom and movement from the practice work on the expressive lines...should I have them make five expressive line paintings (just the line) then choose their favorite to then add to to make the final work