Everything Starts From a Dot

November 21, 2018
During the Autumn Term Seaward pre-schoolers have been learning all about the Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky and exploring various media and techniques to emulate his work.
Together we have spent time talking about different shapes, colours, similarities and differences that are featured throughout Kandinsky’s paintings.

Together we have spent time talking about different shapes, colours, similarities and differences that are featured throughout Kandinsky’s paintings. Our little artists have experimented with a range of art media to create masterpieces using paint and colouring pencils, as well as pastels and chalks. We have found particularly enjoyable using our fingers to smudge pastels over the paper and blend colours together.

For the majority of our artwork we have used watercolours as our main media. Plenty of inspiration have been found in Waldorf Watercolour Stories and wet-on-wet painting – an excellent technique to express changing moods and emotions. It is always delightful to watch kids become confident and independent when left to experiment on their own and without facilitating influence of a teacher.

Brushing flowing watercolours on wet paper is a mesmerising learning experience for the children, and watching young artists at work makes one realise how important art is during yearly years. I have spent the past few weeks observing our children being engaged, laughing, working together, exploring unfamiliar materials and, rather importantly, having fun. Together we have created unique pieces of art, and even those kids who are normally reluctant artists have been tracing perfect circles and drawing lines (nearly perfect!), just like Kandinsky.

Many Seawarders have already been to museums and art galleries, and being an art lover myself, I was delighted to find kindred arty souls in our little pupils. They have even created their own Art Gallery, and who knows, perhaps they might decide to auction their art for charity! Ah! And we have leafed through the art catalogues of Andy Warhol and other pop artists to get a taste of our future adventures.

The creative process did spark plenty of amusing conversations and inspired our circle and reading times. A simple, witty story of ‘The Dot’ by Peter H. Reynolds could entice the most uncreative among us to make a mark – and see where it takes us. Everything is special, even a squiggle or a dot on a piece of paper, and every effort is valuable – this is just one of many precious lessons learnt during our art project.

Reflecting on the Special Child
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