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Kandinsky in the Classroom

Heather is a Primary Teacher from Canada who is currently working in London through Protocol Education. Heather discusses the chance to re-learn subjects as teachers and what her class thought of Kandinsky's work.

Recently, I was teaching my students about Kandinsky. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this individual, he was a Russian born artist who didn’t begin painting until well after graduating and moving to central Europe where he took interest in modernist art. Eventually, Kandinsky adapted his own style of art that was more abstract as he adapted feeling of states around him using colours to portray his emotions. Thus, he became what we now refer to as the founder of abstract art.

Missing the point...

Sometimes we miss ‘the point’ as students, but as we are allowed more and more chances to re-learn subjects as teachers, although we surpassed these ideals as children ourselves, we are now constantly challenged to not find interest and admiration in the otherwise dull material. Since we have this privilege of relearning subject matter and develop a deeper understanding, we become inspired and the lessons take on a whole new role in our mind and in the way we teach it to our students.


During the carousel approach, where students move from table to table, I laid out different prints that were the works of our beloved Kandinsky. I have to be honest and admit that coming from Canada, I was never introduced to this artist's paintings (as much as I can remember). While he uses geometrical shapes often, and I consider abstract art quite boring, I was admittedly wrong when I began listening in on what students had to state about the scenes being portrayed. From their stories and my attempt at an example I began to feel the attraction to this abstract art. While I found the spectacular details of modernism and realist work quite daunting and often mind boggling, Kandinsky’s work sunk in, in a new way.

I quite like Kandinsky’s art. It is a lot more complicated than I could imagine. I don’t mean the re-creating of his work, but the sheer thought that we (as a class) began to realize went into his art as it really portrays the technicalities and in-tuned self reflection, which this role model for abstract art exhibits.

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