Olympics Challenge Week 1

 
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Creating your own olympic rings

This week's project is a great way to kick off the festivities. We'll take a look at Wassily Kandinsky's paintings, and use them as inspiration to create our own abstract Olympics logo.

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Who was Wassily Kandinsky?

He was a Russian painter who lived in the early 20th century, and is best known for being the first abstract artist. Here you can see two of his paintings which have the similarity of repeated circular shapes, but are very different in their style. Show your kids these paintings, and show them the Olympics Logo, then invite them to get creative and to stylize their own version of the logo using the art of Kandinsky as their inspiration.

You can discuss these ideas as your kids work, or after their project is done.

  • Layering. Notice how Kandinsky uses overlapping circles to create visual interest. What happens to the colors where they overlap?
  • Technique. In one painting his circles are perfectly formed, and in the other they are more freeform, and not perfect. How do you think this changes the overall feeling of the paintings?
  • Color. The Olympic rings use blue, black, red, yellow and green. Do you want to use those colors, or change them?

The Project

  1. Collect your supplies. You'll need construction paper– a variety of colors, scissors, and white paper and a gluestick are optional.
  2. Invite your kids to cut circles or rings, and arrange their composition. They can play with the design and re-create it over and over until they are happy with the result.
  3. An optional last step is to glue their design onto a piece of white paper. If they are having fun playing around with it, I recommend just collecting the loose pieces in a ziplock bag so they can come back to this project again and again.

We had a lot of fun with this project in our house, and I hope you will, too! Be sure to join our private Facebook group to connect with other artsy parents like yourself, and stay tuned for next week's project!