Are you interested in providing your child with an introduction to the world of art? Art masterpiece coloring pages are a great way to start. Children are not only placed before a work of art, they are given an opportunity to interact with it. Given this opportunity, their relationship with a particular work will far out last the casual stroll by the work in a museum gallery.
What is an Art Masterpiece?
We all recognize an art masterpiece when we see one, but what defines an average work of art from one that will be revered hundreds of years from now? The beauty of Van Gogh’s Starry, Starry Night is unmistakably a classic work of art. Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring is rich with mystery, leading us to ask questions like, “Who was this woman?” or “What was she thinking?” Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel inspires us. All three works possess exceptional beauty, and the fact that they were masterfully created is undeniable.
Next time you see a piece of art, put it to the test by asking the following questions:
1) Does it tell a story and invite us to listen?
2) Is it an interesting and well planned composition, with considerations for color, technique, line, form and perspective?
3) Is it inspiring, mysterious, playful, joyful or dynamic in some other way?
Read About Wassily Kandinski
Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow in 1866. He studied economics and law at the University of Moscow before becoming a professor. He was 30 before he went to Munich, Germany and began to truly study art.
Composition VIII (1923) | Coloring Page
Kandinski’s earliest works were quite realistic, though gradually his paintings became more and more abstract. His series of Compositions are considered to be his most important works. The following coloring page is an excerpt from Composition VIII, painted in 1923.
Download Composition VIII | Coloring Page
Another Kandinski Lesson Idea…
Interested in another opportunity to interact with Wassily Kandinsky. ArtSmarts4Kids.com offers a Kandinsky geometry lesson that not only puts the art in front of your students/kids one more time, but also teaches children to measure the diameter, radius and circumference of a circle. The lesson is recommended for third and fourth grade students.
Kandinski’s Circles in a Circle
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