Jul 5, 2010

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Kandinsky Abstract Painting: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan

Art Elements: Line  and Shape

Art Skills: Drawing, Painting, Abstract Art

Art History: Kandinsky

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This lesson is one of the first lessons to introduce line and shape to 1st grade students.  Students will independently draw at least 1 geometric shape and 3 different line types, all while learning about Kandinsky’s style of abstract painting. Because Kandinsky listened to music while he painted, the students also get to experience classical music while painting.  It’s amazing how quiet the room gets when this happens. These paintings are successful not only because of the art history and art elements they teach, but the products also turn out to be something parents want to frame in their homes: a win/win situation for everyone.

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  • Jennifer

    Thank You so much!

    Dowloadable lesson plans are an incredibly valuable resource! Thank You!

  • R

    Great culmination lesson after lessons on line, shape and color . . . thanks for making this lesson downloadable!

  • http://Kandinskylinesandshapes Sarah

    Thank you so much for the great lesson plan and for making it easy to download!
    Extremely useful!

    • Jessica Balsley

      Glad you found it helpful, I’m happy to provide!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, really useful.

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  • Ruth Kaldor

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  • Christina Hermer

    thank you so much. I found another Kadinsky lesson on Pinterest and now have found this one. It is perfect. Thank you for sharing your work.

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  • The Art Teacher

    Downloading printable lesson plans on PDF is EXTREMELY VALUABLE to me! I am starting a new job as an elementary art teacher this year. I am working to create a file or a binder (more likely) that contains all the lessons for the year. I will collect as I go so that (hopefully) next year I will have all the lessons laid out and ready. Our state has each element on a objective, so I plan to teach the same subject (line, for example) each week to all grades K-6, in our case. Keep up the good work! You are helping me to be successful and lower stress in my new job MORE THAN YOU KNOW!

    • The Art Teacher

      Jessica: I just wish this lesson were all about line since in my case we do shape the following week–but STILL extremely helpful, THANKS!

      • Jessica Balsley

        Thanks for your feedback, and I am glad the lessons are helpful! I always used this as an assessment of line and introduction to shape, I suppose it can’t hurt to talk about shapes too much!

  • Kristy Limbrick

    selfish comment/ask here….your lesson plan pro forma…is it available to get a copy or if not are you able to give some hints on how to make one easily??? they look great!!!

    • Jessica Balsley


      I use Pages on a Mac to create these PDF’s. If you have that program I’ll send you a file to modify yourself. Email me theartofed(at)

  • Mhartist1979

    This was a great introduction to line, shape and color.  Thanks so much

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