The first few slides describe Kandinsky's early life in Russia. As a young artist, he was inspired by the
work of Impressionists such as Monet. Look at slide 4 with Monet’s work and then look at Kandinsky’s early piece. Compare the two. What is the same what id different?
Kandinsky was also influenced by Matisse. Compare the two paintings shown on slide 5.
Kandinsky developed ideas about the way music and painting were related. Slide 6 shows an image from a book which influenced him. What do you think this picture is showing?
Soon after the end of the First World War, Kandinsky went to Germany, where he taught in the city of
Weimar. It was here that he continued to develop his style. It became much more abstract. The slides
explain, describing how Kandinsky sought to convey meaning without painting realistic, representational images.
In 1933, the Nazi party came to power in Germany. They approved of art which was very traditional in
style, and showed strong, healthy, powerful German people. Slide 10 shows an example of this. The
Nazis disapproved of abstract art such as Kandinsky's, and banned it. Why do you think they did this? (slide 11-13).
Kandinsky fled to France, where he lived the rest of his life.
Do you think you can sketch or paint abstract art in a style similar to Kandinsky?
Challenge 1, 2 and 3 are labelled on the worksheets as 1A, 1B and 1C. Additionally all worksheets are saved on one document; therefore, you will need to scroll through to find the appropriate challenge.
The first 4 pages on the document are ‘Photo Cards’. You do not need to print these but you will need to be able to look at them on a screen.
Pages 5, 6 and 7 are the ‘Challenge Cards’. These explain the task that you will need to complete.
The rest of the pages are ‘Abstract Grids’. These are the extension task. This task is to translate a photo into one of the grids; however, you are not allowed to add any lines and you can only fill in each section with one colour. This may sound complicated but you simply need to match up the colours from you photo with roughly where they would go if it was on the grid.