Sunday, May 21, 2017

Following Directions with Kandinsky

Do you need to incorporate the Speaking and Listening Standards into your instruction? Following Directions with Kandinsky is an arts integration lesson that does just that. 

following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids


When to Use This Lesson

This lesson makes a great beginning of the semester project. You can really use this to get the feel for students in a new context such as the first day of school or the first day back from a break.

I designed this to help me get a feel for my students after coming back from maternity leave. It gave me a method to assess their skills and let them practice listening and following directions. I love how the finished products all turned out differently. 

This would probably make a good end-of-the-year project, too. I've not taught it at the end of the year, but I imagine it would be something that you could use to keep the kids engaged after all those assessments are over but before school gets out!

following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids

The Lesson

Students analyze a work of art by Wassily Kandinsky and discuss it with peers according to some guidelines that meet the Speaking and Listening Standards. 

The Art Project

Students follow a set of open-ended directions to draw the lines and shapes. They add color with construction paper crayons and liquid watercolor. For an added effect, students sprinkle salt onto the wet watercolor. 

I like this brand of liquid watercolors for this project. One set is enough for an entire class, and you'll have some leftover for other projects. You can also buy single bottles of just black.

I also LOVE these construction paper crayons for this project, but they are literally my favorite crayons of all time! Seriously, you'll see me writing/talking about these constantly. 


What's Great About This Lesson

  • Builds student confidence because the directions are open-ended 
  • Engaging because students get to make artistic decisions
  • Incorporates hard-to-get-to Speaking and Listening skills
  • Easy for any teacher to implement (ZERO personal art skills needed)

Where You Might've Heard About This Lesson

I presented this lesson for Education Closet's Winter Conference. I also have this lesson available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. 

The purchasable lesson has everything you need to teach this minus the art supplies. 
  • Lesson plan (Just copy it and send it in to admin!)
  • Templates for discussing the artwork
  • Step-by-Step Instructions for drawing (Just read to students and let them draw!)
  • Tips and Tricks for succss
  • Learning Target posters (Just print and hang!)


 Following Directions with Kandinsky on TpT


I hope you enjoy all of these beautiful images. Let me know if you decide to try it. I'd love to see photos of your student's work. 

Also, if you are interested in learning about even MORE arts integration lessons based on the work of Wassily Kandinsky, Join the Party!






following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids

following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids

following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids

following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids

following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids

following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids

following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids

following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids

following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids

following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids

following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids

following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids

following directions with kandinsky speaking and listening for kids

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