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    Midland ISD Elementary Fine Arts
    "Colour is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically."   ~Wassily Kandinsky
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        At Bowie Elementary, fifth and sixth grade students were introduced to the Russian-born artist Wassily Kandinsky, and one of his studies on color, "Farbstudie Quadrate," which means "Color Study of Squares" painted in 1913.  It is a series of 12 squares filled with repeating concentric circles.

         The students were challenged to play, using square and circle templates, with the varying combinations of colors and balance.  Sequentially, they traced, cut, arranged, and then glued their color designs, and that is what you see here.


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    • origianlThis is Kandinsky's original painting from 1913, "Farbstudie Quadrate."
    • Interestingly enough, Kandinsky grew up in Odessa, Russia.
    • Kandinsky believed that "objects" ruined pictures.
    • Kadinsky's early paintings were quite realistic.
    • He uses colors to show emotion rather than try to make objects look real.
    Wassily Kandinsky (1886 - 1944) is considered to be the originator of abstract art, and believed that art could visually express musical compositions. Kandinsky, who was also an accomplished musician, saw color when he heard music, and associated a color’s tone with musical timbre, hue with pitch, and saturation with the volume of sound. Music influenced his art to such a degree that Kandinsky named his works after musical terms. Originally a lawyer in his native Russia, he was inspired to study art at age 30, after seeing Monet’s “Haystacks.” Kandinsky was gripped by a compulsion to relentlessly create, and believed that if this drive were pure, it would evoke a correspondingly powerful response in viewers of his work.  See some more of his paintings below.
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          "Balancement" (1925)                      "Structure Joyeuse" (1926)
               trans. "Swinging"                           trans. "Merry Structure"

    Thanks to Kathy Pysh at Bowie for sharing her students' artwork.