Concentric Circles Art Project

 

Concentric Circles

There is no must in art because art is free”

~Wassily Kandinski

The Artist

Wassily Kandinsky was known for his colorful abstract art. Born in Russia and trained as a lawyer, he became a well-known artist in the famous Blue Rider Group. He also taught at the German Bauhaus school of art. Later, he settled in France and died in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1944.  A well-known work of art is his Concentric Circles.

Concentric Circles Art Project

Concentric Circles is a great project for students to feel successful. Even young students love experimenting with different color combinations.

We love using oil pastels for this project. The artist originally used paint and we have seen successful versions made with pretty much any art materials under the sun. You can pull this project off with crayons and scrap paper if necessary.

There are many YouTube video lessons to choose from to inspire your students. This is one of our favorites. The teacher used black construction paper instead of white and it looks great as well.

 

Materials For Concentric Circles

  • Paper
  • Pastels/Crayons

Procedure

Model folding the paper four times and then unfolding it. The creases become the frames for the concentric circles. Show students how to draw the circles with the oil pastels. The thicker they color in, the more colorful the image becomes.

Have fun creating! If you liked our concentric circles art project, please check out more of our (Almost) No Prep Art Projects.

Paul Klee Castles


Paul Klee castles are a great way to introduce kids to this wonderful artist.

Materials

  • Newsprint paper
  • Pastels
  • Marker
  • Watercolor

Procedure

Introduce the students to Paul Klee. Show the class several examples of his work. Demonstrate how to use shapes to draw a castle. Explain that they will make the outline with black oil pastel and then color in the shapes with watercolor and marker. Have fun!

Presidents’ Day Silkscreen Activity

President Silkscreen Print

Looking for a last minute (almost) no prep activity?  Mock silkscreen prints are a great way to celebrate Presidents’ Day!

Supplies:

  1. Markers (red & blue)
  2. Copy of a picture of President Barack Obama

Lesson:

  1. Share google images of silkscreen prints with students.
  2. demonstrate how to color the paper.
  3. Have fun and be creative!

Chickens in the Classroom

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Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere a chick chick…

Incubating chickens in the classroom is a great science activity and easier than you might think. A lot of science curriculums include incubating eggs as an optional activity.  Are you ready?

Step 1

Determine who will take the chicks after they hatch.  Since it is impossible to know how many will hatch it is good to find several interested parties and establish a procedure who gets to pick first.

Step 2

Order an incubator, heating lamp, and chick starter from Amazon.

Step 3

Get fertilized eggs.

Step 4

On a Tuesday morning start incubating the eggs.  Make sure to follow the instructions included in the incubator.

Step 5

21 days later enjoy watching your chicks hatch!