Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Kandinsky Inspired Reading & Math

I love art!  I love Wassily Kandinsky.   I love Andy Warhol.   I love Pablo Picasso.  I love Diego Rivera.  I love reading.  I love sleeping. I love doing absolutely nothing.  (Okay, okay,you get the hint).

I definitely love integrating art with reading and math.  Integration is the heart of the the upcoming Common Core Standards.  Today, I will share several ideas that can be used to integrate reading and math with art.

How to Do It:

Begin by cutting a canvas pad into four rectangles that are equal in size.

The students can read or listen to a biography about Wassily Kandisky as well as look at his artwork.  He is famous for his Squares With Concentric Circles abstract art.   Hand each student a square to make their own version of his art.

Color copy the squares, laminate them, and use them as manipulatives!
1 + 1 = 2


Teach Arrays
1 x 2 array

2 x 2 array
Reading Integration Ideas
  • Have students read about the lives of artists to learn about the features of biographies.
  • Learn about the different genres.
  • Compare and contrast the lives of two famous artists.


  1. I love that you found a way to integrate art!!!! Our kids are def. not getting enough if any of it these days!!!

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  2. LOVE making Kadinsky art with my classes - haven't done it yet this year - thanks for the reminder and some ideas for math and literacy integration.

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