Monday, December 27, 2010

Kindergarten Concentric Circles- My New Approach to Kandinsky

My SMART goal this year is about Kindergarten students being able to identify and draw basic geometric shapes.  I am doing one project that focuses on each shape.  Kandinsky's Farbstudie Quadrate was the inspiration for the circle project.  Last year when I did this project, I asked all students to make their concentric circles on a grid, like Kandinsky. (See the first few photos below.)  

 My approach to learning about the artist stayed the same but this year I realized that the grid wasn't necessary so I gave the students more choices.  My regular classes used markers and crayons and my double Kindergarten class did a wax resist version.  (I got permission to take one class at a time into the Art room while a Para led the other class in play-doh sculptures in the cafeteria.)  I really like the free style circle drawings.


  1. Hmmmm, SMART goals. Sounds familiar! Is that something your district has you create as part of the teacher evaluation system?

  2. Yep! I think all teachers are asked to write one but only the teachers being evaluated really have to conference about it. Last year I ended up having to give a pre and post test to all my 4-6th grade students who I only see for 40 minutes every other week! This year I picked Kindergarten since I see K-3rd every week. And the best part about picking shapes is that I can use the pre test the Kindergarten teachers gave the students!