Art inspired by Paul Klee's self-portrait, "Senecio"
The early 20th Century brought the world an array of experimentation in the visual arts, which included Expressionism. This art form had its beginnings in Germany, as artists were exploring new techniques that expanded beyond the Impressionism movement. “Der Blaue Retier” was a second group of expressionists, who used exaggerated imagery and lines, darker colors, wild brush strokes and depicted
Paul Klee is an artist featured in Abrakadoodle’s art program for children, and he was a notable Expressionist. Klee was born in Switzerland and played violin. Music was an important part of his visual arts creations. He later moved to Germany, where he joined with artist friend Wassily Kandinsky to teach expressionist technique to art students. Abrakadoodle art students enjoy creating art in Klee’s style using simple lines and shapes with bold color.
Art inspired by Kandinsky’s “Concentric Circles”
Wassily Kandinsky is also an artist featured in Abrakadoodle’s art program, and he, too, was an important artist in the Expressionist movement. Born in Russia, Kandinsky like Klee also moved to Germany to explore his passion for art. Children in Abrakadoodle’s art program love to create art in Kandinsky’s fun style.
Encourage your child to create a piece of art that expresses emotion. The expressionist style makes use of simple shapes, lines and bold color. For younger children, you can encourage them to work with one or two simple shapes of different sizes and thickness. Start with larger shapes and encourage your child to create shapes within shapes. Play with color and suggest your child to select colors that make him/her happy! Older children may wish to experiment with abstract expressionism by creating an image, such as the head shown above, that connects shapes to make an interesting image. For instance, a circle can be bisected and additional shapes can be added and emphasized with color. Art is such a wonderful way for children to express themselves!
Art can be introduced into your child’s life in so many fun ways! Color evokes powerful emotions in us all, and each of us perceives color in different ways. What’s fun is to find out how your child reacts to color as an individual. Forget the preconceived notions of what people are supposed to think about a certain color, which is commonly known as the psychology of color.
Co-create a color wheel, chart or box with your child. You can use the basic colors or add lots of additional colors, depending upon your child’s age and interest. Perhaps your child will want to color white paper to create a personalized palette. Once you have your colors organized, you can have some fun exploring them.
We traditionally greet our child after school with a “Hello, how was your day?” What if you changed this up and said, “Hi, what color was your day?” Instead of hearing the typical, “Fine,” “Ok,” “Boring,” “Hard,” etc, you could engage in a colorful conversation. Your child could use the color palette to express the color or colors of the day that best suits his or her experience. Maybe it was a purple day. The question is: what does that color mean to your son or daughter? So, you’ll have to ask questions, such as: “What made today a ‘red’ day?” Perhaps the day was more than one color, and that’s okay, too. As long as your child does not feel judged for his or her feelings about colors and emotions, then you can give your child yet another way to colorfully express him/herself and expand visual perception. It’s also an imaginative way to show interest in your child.