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Wiggly Wassily

Make your focal point sing with lively colors by framing your favorite portion of this wiggly line painting.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Share the book, “The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art” by Barb Rosenstock as a read aloud.
    2. Discuss the main character of the book, Wassily Kandinsky. Show students a variety of his abstract paintings., such as “Music Overture”, “On Points”, “Juane, Rouge, Bleu” and “Circle in a Circle”. Focus on his use of different types of lines, shapes and colors.
    3. Have students practice making curvy and wiggly lines on manila paper with a Crayola black oil pastel. Once they making fluid lines, hand out watercolor paper that has been pre-cut into a circle. Have children draw with the black oil pastel.
    4. Next, hand out a pre-cut black construction paper frame. Have students place their frame on different sections of their drawing. They should pick their favorite portion and glue the frame down with a Crayola Glue Stick.
    5. Have students put smocks on and lay down newspaper on work surfaces. Place containers of waters on tables and hand out brushes.
    6. Using Crayola Educational Watercolors, paint inside the framed portion of the wiggly line drawing. Play classical music during this portion of the project and remind students that Wassily Kandinsky thought colors and sound went hand-in-hand.
    7. Place on a flat surface to dry.
    8. Hang student work in a common area of the school building during a spring or winter musical concert.
  • Standards

    LA: Describe characters, setting, and major events in a story, using key details.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with deverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    MA: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

    VA: Apply visual organization strategies to design and produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas.

    VA: Students will investigate, plan, and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.

    VA: Identify and interpret works of art or design that reveal ways people live around the world and what they value.

  • Adaptations

    Alter this assignment by having students make a geometric line drawing on rectangular paper and use a square frame.

    Play different genres of music for the students such as jazz, rock or classical. Ask them to “feel” the music while they draw. Put out white construction paper and Crayola markers. Once the music begins to play students should draw lines that that represents the sound and tempo. For example, a straight thin yellow line would symbolize a quiet flute solo.


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  • Creativity.
  • Capacity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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