Friday, May 20, 2011
"Nine" based on "Trente" with the 3rd graders
Wassily Kandinsky, "Trente" [Thirty], 1937
The 3rd graders worked on a project based on "Trente" by Kandinsky [which he created when he was 71]. The material I proposed was black and white paper, a pair of scissors and glue. It was only a 2 hours session. I presented Kandinsky's work and took some time for questions and remarks.
I put some music on: "Contes de L'incroyable Amour" by Tunisian artist Anouar Brahem (listen to the music here) and the children started to work on their project.
Two hours is short but they enjoyed cutting directly in the paper and looking for abstract shapes. They discovered the "negative" piece of the cut and made good use of it. For some, not "representing anything in particular" was a challenge, for most of them it was the occasion to let it go and just enjoy. And play. But it takes sometime to realize the possibilities so I asked them not to glue anything till the end of the session, for they could change anything at anytime if they wanted to.
As always when I work with children, I very rarely "show them" how to do it. "Trente" was only projected on the wall when we were talking before starting working on the piece. After that the projector was turned off.
As always I enjoy watching them creating their pieces. I am taking pictures of everything they do. We'll have a projection with a critique session soon!
The other project they just finished is based on a work by an artist living and working today near San Francisco: Tucker Nichols, who is having a solo show right now at Gallery 16.