Hebron Valley Grade 2_Poetry in Every Subject!

Art Lesson

Poetry - Art Lesson


Identify the elements of art, including line, shape, color, texture, form, and space, and the principles of design, including emphasis, repetition/pattern, movement/rhythm, and balance.[1B]

Vah-SEEL-ee Kahn-DIN-skee

Teacher References:

Read: (librarian literary connection)

Check out: The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock


Link to: Video - the movie I have it, too.

Play During Making: Music: Franz Liszt - Had synesthesia  - (scroll down, music is in public domain at this location and can be downloaded)

Want to see a Kandinsky in person?  This one is at the DMA

Classroom Teacher / Art Teacher / this time Jody will do this part.

Lesson Introduction:


Display or show paintings by Kandinsky.


  1. What do you notice when you look at this painting?

  2. Do you see objects like a house or a cow?

  3. When you see a painting that doesn’t “represent” or look like things you can touch, it is called abstract art. This is abstract art.

READ: Teacher will read: The Noisy Paint Box

  1. What did Kandinsky’s family say about his artwork?

  2. What 5 senses do we all have?  What 2 senses did Kandinsky use when he painted?  Do you think this is unusual? Sometimes people think when someone is different that is a problem, but we know that it a gift sometimes.

Art Analysis of his paintings:

As you look at Kandinsky’s works the children will have their own vocabulary that aligns with the standard. Allow them to use their words keeping in mind to build off of the ones that mean basically the same as the elements of art.


  1. Line

  2. Shape

  3. Color

  4. Texture

  5. Form

  6. Space


The teacher will remind the kids that they are studying poetry in their ELA class. Ask about their experience and have them tie what they learned to the paintings by Kandinsky.



  • When you created a poem with code with the computer program what were you learning?

  • Do you see repetition in this painting? Where? - Now the vocabulary will start to focus on the principles of art.

  • You also learned about making patterns. How did the artist create patterns in this work?

  • In art, pattern is called repetition. What is the root word for repetition?  (Repeat)

So, patterns repeat and lines, shapes, and colors can repeat, too.


Draw Connections with previous lessons:


Who can tell me what Pharrell Williams has that causes him to see colors when he hears a musical note? synesthesia

Kandinsky is a visual artist who also heard musical notes when he saw a particular color. Kandinsky most likely had synesthesia, a condition in which two or more of a person’s senses are intertwined. Kandinsky said he heard colors. For him, yellow represented low notes and deep blue represented high notes. He composed his painting like a musical song. Each color had its own special sound.

“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”


He is credited as being the first artist to create a purely abstract work by some historians.


Project -


  • Oil Pastels on Paper - Crayola 52-3624 Portfolio Series Water Soluble Oil Pastels, 24 Count

  • old brushes

  • cups of water
  • nice drawing paper
  • Acrylic on paper


Play Music: Franz Liszt - Guess what, he had synesthesia, too!  Who can tell me what that means again?-


Think about how Kandinsky and how he used line, shape, and color in his paintings. Think about how you feel today.  How would your colors represent your mood and how you feel? How does this music he liked look when it is on paper? What color did you make the high notes? What color are the low notes?


  1. Draw shapes on a scrap piece of paper. (repetition)

    1. The shapes are abstract

    2. 1 shape you will draw 5 times.

    3. 1 shape you will draw 5 times

    4. And 1 shape you will only get to use one time.

    5. The colors reflect the feel of the music.


  1. On your drawing paper, you will need to show how you will use line, color, shapes, and texture similar to Kandinsky.  You will repeat the shapes, what else can you repeat?

  2. Draw it with pencil first.

  3. Count your shapes.

  4. What colors feel like the music?  Create an abstract composition that reflects the music, shows the rhythm of the music and has repetition.


Rubric -

The rubric is a guide more for the teacher to ensure they are guiding, and reinforcing the students as they create. If they draw a tree or horse,  talk to them about their choice... You might find that they researched Kandinsky and liked his blue rider period better. This is a great opportunity to guide them to understand that in art there are representational and nonrepresentational works.

Kandinsky later works were abstract nonrepresentational.



Used 2 colors.

Used more than 2 colors.


Did not meet have the correct number of shapes even with guidance.

1 shape you will draw 5 times.

1 shape you will draw 5 times

And 1 shape you will only get to use one-time




Can talk about their work.

The child enjoyed the project, but they could not talk about their painting.

Teacher engaged with all kids. The child could articulate facts about their competition.

Display works in the hall for all kids.