Kandinsky Artwork Collage

For this week’s homeschool art lesson, we studied Russian-born French Expressionist painter Wassily Kandinsky. Though many of Kandinsky’s works look more like the ones shown above, one of his most recognizable pieces of artwork is his color study Farbstudie Quadrate (also known as Squares with Concentric Circles/Rings).kandinksy kids art lesson project

When I showed my boys this example of Kandinsky’s art, they were immediately drawn to it and wanted to try their hand at recreating it for themselves. We started by attempting a crayon and watercolor painted version, but it proved to be more time consuming than they were interested in that day. Instead, I whipped out a few alternative materials and came up with a different version that was a ton of fun to make and kept everyone engaged for an entire afternoon.

kandinsky collage art made by kids

This is one of those projects that we did on the spur of the moment, so I apologize for only having a couple of quick iPhone photos to show for it! All that you need for this activity is a bunch of heavyweight construction paper (about 60-70 sheets; assorted colors), scissors and kid-friendly glue or glue sticks. If you’d like, you can also set out a few different sized bowls, plates, etc. for the kids to trace to create their circles.

Kandinsky Collage Art Lesson for KidsI started by cutting our base papers into 9″ squares, and I gave each of my three boys four squares to work with. Next, the boys cut circles of varying sizes to layer on to the base squares. They used about 4-5 circles for each square – sometimes working start-to-finish on one square base at a time, and sometimes cutting a whole bunch of circles to mix and match before gluing them to their squares.

Kandinsky Concentric Circle Collage Art Lesson for Kids

While we worked on our project, we discussed how Kandinsky used color as his means of expression. Kandinsky was known for his color theory, and his range of color expression was far greater than average. For example, many people will assign the color green to jealousy, red to love, etc., but Kandinsky was known to associate different colors with everything, including days of the week! We worked with music playing in the background, as Kandinsky often did, and my boys selected color combinations that they found fitting to the music and how it made them feel.

Kandinsky Collage Art Activity for KidsWhen the boys were finished creating their squares, I arranged them into a larger piece of artwork for the playroom wall where it hangs alongside their Jackson Pollock and Piet Mondrian inspired pieces – I love that their play space is full of their own customized versions of famous artworks! To hang it, I simply stapled the four corners of each square to the wall – easy peasy!

Art Lessons for Kids - Kandinsky Inspired Concentric Circles Collage Activity

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  1. Great project! I love the Kandinsky circles with kids but always used oil pastel and watercolor resist techniques…I love the use of scissors and paper! Beautiful. Thank you

  2. I love your idea, Heidi. I plan to ready the materials, without being too predictable, then when social distancing is over, at least for awhile, we will do it together. Thanks again. Blessed boys, blessed Mom

  3. Hi I chose your Kandinsky lesson for the first lesson of the year for the little Christian voucher school I volunteer with. These are low-income area kids, special needs, age 5 – 14 in one room here in Sarasota FL! And I didn’t know most of them, so I didn’t know what they could do or wanted to do.

    This was perfect–and I looked up Kandinsky so I could talk about his life, ideas, and his art while we did the project. I played music from his period too. Thank you for the great inspiration and detailed suggestions.

    I love that it makes an impressive looking collaborative art collage–we got two out of it. And they’re going on the classroom wall. Thank you again!

  4. Hi there

    I used your idea in school today with my class of 8 and 9 year olds, as we are looking at the properties of circles in maths just now. They absolutely loved it. Tried to send you a picture but can’t for some reason!

    Kind regards


    1. Hi, thanks for the ideas. I’m always looking for ways to make education even more fun and meaningful – I’ll be using the Kandinsky ideas to review 2D shape knowledge, as an introduction to patterning and covering visual art objectives too… plus we’ll be making some beautiful art for our classroom. Cool. thanks.