Wednesday, April 11, 2012


The pre-kindergartners recently completed a unit about shapes.  To learn more about shapes Ms. Lu Ann introduced the class to the works of Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky, a Russian artist, is known for his abstract paintings which feature colors and shapes.  

Kandinsky's Bauhaus, Plakat
Kandinsky's Composition VIII

Ms. Lu Ann shared several of Kandinsky's paintings with the class and asked them to use colors and shapes to create their own masterpieces.  Taking inspiration from the paintings, the kids used crayons to draw shapes on their artwork.  They discussed the different shapes that they used...triangles, rectangles, squares, circles, spirals, etc.  Here are a few of their abstract creations:

Using scraps from the recycling bin, the children found various shapes and worked together to make a huge collage:

Some of the Ohio Pre-Kindergarten Content Standards met from the above activities include:
  • Mathematics: 
    • Geometry: Identify and describe shapes.
      • Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind and next to.
    • Geometry: Analyze, compare, create and compose shapes. 
      • Analyze and compare two and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts and other attributes.
      • Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components and drawing shapes.
      • Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes.