Kandinsky Heart Art Project

Arty Crafty Kids | Kandinsky Heart Art Project - a simple art idea for kids that explores colour-mixing and encourages children to play with colour combinations. #artycraftykids

Swap the squares for a heart and we have a brand new Kandinsky Heart Art Project for kids to try this Valentine’s!

Kandinsky’s famous concentric circles’ painting is a fabulous source of inspiration for kids and is often used by art teachers to explore colour mixing concepts. This simplified version is all about playing with colour combinations and as your Arty Crafty Kids work through the process, they will discover their favoured palette.

Arty Crafty Kids | Kandinsky Heart Art Project - a simple art idea for kids that explores colour-mixing and encourages children to play with colour combinations. #artycraftykids

Kandinsky Heart Art Project: Materials

White Card Stock
Black Crayon or Oil Pastel
Watercolour Palette
Black Paint

The Heart Template is available exclusively to Arty Crafty Kids Club members.

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Kandinsky Heart Art Project: Video Tutorial

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Kandinsky Heart Art Project: Tutorial

Arty Crafty Kids | Kandinsky Heart Art Project - a simple art idea for kids that explores colour-mixing and encourages children to play with colour combinations. #artycraftykids

Step 1:

Download and print the Heart Template onto white card stock.

The template can be accessed via the Arty Crafty Kids club!

Arty Crafty Kids | Kandinsky Heart Art Project - a simple art idea for kids that explores colour-mixing and encourages children to play with colour combinations. #artycraftykids

Step 2:

Using a black crayon or oil pastel, begin filling the heart with circles.

The circles can be large, small, wonky and may just about resemble a circle – the shapes and their presentation is entirely up to your Arty Crafty Kids.

The challenge is to fill the white space with as many circles as possible!

Arty Crafty Kids | Kandinsky Heart Art Project - a simple art idea for kids that explores colour-mixing and encourages children to play with colour combinations. #artycraftykids

Step 3:

Once the white space is full, begin filling the empty circles with watercolour paint.

In the spirit of Kandinsky’s Circles, play with different colour combinations and paint circles within circles.

Perhaps fill some with cool shades and others with warm. Mix and match the two to create bold contrasts.

Arty Crafty Kids | Kandinsky Heart Art Project - a simple art idea for kids that explores colour-mixing and encourages children to play with colour combinations. #artycraftykids

Try mixing colours to create brand new shades!

Arty Crafty Kids | Kandinsky Heart Art Project - a simple art idea for kids that explores colour-mixing and encourages children to play with colour combinations. #artycraftykids

Step 4:

If your Arty Crafty Kids are using watercolours, there are a couple of techniques they may enjoy exploring…

They could experiment with a wet-on-wet application, whereby a light layer of water is spread across the paper first with the paint applied on top.

Alternatively, or as well as, they can mix water directly with the paints. The amount of water used will affect the vibrancy of the colour i.e. less water will create bolder colours; more water will create lighter shades and are more likely to blend with surrounding colours.

Arty Crafty Kids | Kandinsky Heart Art Project - a simple art idea for kids that explores colour-mixing and encourages children to play with colour combinations. #artycraftykids

Step 5:

Continue filling the circles until complete.

Arty Crafty Kids | Kandinsky Heart Art Project - a simple art idea for kids that explores colour-mixing and encourages children to play with colour combinations. #artycraftykids

Step 6:

Fill the remaining white space around the circles (also known as negative space) with black paint (or a black crayon/pen).

Of course your Arty Crafty Kids are welcome to fill the white space with any colour of their choosing, however for the purpose of contrast, we opted for black.

Arty Crafty Kids | Kandinsky Heart Art Project - a simple art idea for kids that explores colour-mixing and encourages children to play with colour combinations. #artycraftykids

Once all the white space has been replaced with black, the Kandinsky Heart Art Project is complete!


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I hope your Arty Crafty Kids enjoy this Kandinsky Heart Art Project. Using the same template, younger children may enjoy the ‘Circle Heart Art Project’ version

For more Valentine’s themed art projects, take a look at these popular posts:

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Arty Crafty Kids | Kandinsky Heart Art Project - a simple art idea for kids that explores colour-mixing and encourages children to play with colour combinations. #artycraftykids

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