Teen Art Club: Free Your Mind When You Create Abstract Art

Color Study. Squares with Concentric Circles Kandinksky 1913

Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter who is generally considered the pioneer of abstract art with is colorful paintings. He is also famous for his Concentric Circles. Today we will make some inspired art. Learn more about Kandinsky in this retrospective and online

“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.”–Wassily Kandinsky

Make Kandinsky Inspired Circle Paintings

Supplies Needed 

  • Watercolor paper 
  • Liquid watercolors (as many colors as you’d like)
  • Paint brushes 
  • Pencil 
  • Ruler  
  • Cups – 1 for each color and one for water

Begin Your Artwork

To get started make a very light grid with a pencil to create some square boxes. This guide will help keep the circles about the same size. However, this is abstract art so feel free to skip the guides and freestyle. There is no wrong way to make abstract art. 

Put each color of watercolor paint into little plastic cups. You will also need a cup of water to rinse the brushes. 

Then in each square fill it up with a color of your choice. Then add circles in each square. You will want a lot of paint. Work quickly so the other circles around will blend and create the amazing combinations of color you want.  

Fill up each square with color. When finished allow to dry! 

Check out these books to get more ideas. Or just start experimenting with your paints and other media to create your unique abstract art.

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