Wassily Kandinsky Non-Objective Color Pencil and Watercolor Pencil Painting

Kandinsky non-objective watercolor Pencil PaintingKandinsky Non-objective Colored Pencil & Watercolor Pencil Painting

Ages: upper elementary art to MS Art 4th-8th Grade

IO: Students will understand that artists use different kinds of lines to create shapes and express attitudes and ideas. Artists use a variety of geometric and free-form shapes to convey and idea and to represent natural objects and artificial objects. Students will learn about the artist Wassily Kandisky. They will also learn properties of color pencils versus watercolor pencils and understand when to properly use color pencils versus watercolor pencils.

Supplies: Watercolor Pencil techniques Worksheet, Color Pencil versus Watercolor Pencil Worksheet, Watercolor Paper, Crayola 24ct Watercolor Colored Pencils, crayola color pencils, various shape templates-Fiskars 497570973-Pack No. 1 ShapeTemplate Tool

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Kandinsky Non-objective Watercolor Pencil Painting


Line & Shape

  1. Review 5 types of lines: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, zig-zag, & curved
  2. Review types of shapes: free-form & geometric

Non-Objective & Abstract

  1. Non-Objective Art- Art that is not representational, containing NO recognizable figures or objects. The elements of art (lines, shape color, etc.) are the main subject. Also called “pure abstraction”.
  2. Abstract Art- In abstract art the artist takes recognizable objects or figures and changes them so they no longer looks realistic. The artist may leave out details, shift the point of view, exaggerate size, simplify or otherwise distort the image.

Wassily Kandinsky

  1. Artist Study: Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow, Russia in 1866. His parents played musical instruments and he learned to play the piano and cello at an early age. Music was an important part of his life and later influenced many of his paintings (such as Improvisations, Impressions, and Compositions). At the age of 30, Kandinsky began to study art and explore his own ideas of painting – “I applied streaks and blobs of colors onto the canvas with a palette knife and I made them sing with all the intensity I could…” Wassily Kandinsky is considered to be a founder of abstract art. His artwork is mostly non-objective paintings that focus on composition through lines and shapes (no or little recognizable objects)
  2. Kandinsky Artwork slideshow by ArtvideosYT on YouTube
  3. Video What Does Colour Sound Like? Kandinsky and Music:

Activity #1: Colored Pencils vs. Watercolor Pencils Worksheet

Colored Pencil versus Watercolor Pencil Worksheet

    1. Colored Pencils-wax based, not water-soluble (cannot be diluted with water), good for hard edges.
    2. Watercolor Pencils– Watercolor pigments wrapped in wood casing, water-soluble- just wet a paint brush, brush over one color at at time,and the applied pigment turns into watercolor painting.
    3. Using the two pencils together: we will be intentionally using the colored pencils and watercolor pencils together. Use the colored pencils for any lines or shapes that you do not want to “blur” or have a painted look-specifically black lines. Use the watercolor pencil to colored areas that you want to look like a painting. This is a great pencil for gradations!
    4. Know When to Use the Right Pencil:Colored Pencil: Use for Solid Lines, Borders and Patterns (for Wax ResistWatercolor Pencil: Use for all Color Washes, Blending of colors, and Gradation of colors

Activity #2: Watercolor Pencil Techniques Worksheet

Watercolor Pencil Techniques Lesson Plan and worksheet

Activity #3: Kandinsky Non-Objective Colored Pencil & Watercolor Pencil Painting

Kandinsky non-objective watercolor Pencil Painting


  1. In your sketchbook, draw at least 2 designs for your painting. Keep it non-objective. *Remember to place your focal point first (NOT in the middle of the paper!) & use emphasis techniques (size, placement, color contrast) to pull the viewer’s eye. You can use circle templates and rulers to create your composition.
  2. On a sheet of water color paper, lightly draw you composition in pencil.
  3. Apply all COLORED Pencil areas first. These are they areas that you want hard edge design. Use the color pencil for BLACK lines or shapes, Solid Lines, Borders around shapes, and Patterns under the watercolor pencil.
  4. Next, use the WATERCOLOR Pencil on all areas where there will be Color Washes, Blending of colors, and Gradation of colors.andinsky non-objective watercolor Pencil Painting
  5. For large areas like the background, you can use a regular watercolor palette.

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