I love color. And I love kids art. Put those 2 things together and you have this art project right here!
I’ve always been a fan of Kandisky’s art, and his piece Squares with Concentric Circles is the perfect study for kids. It’s simple to replicate but still deals with abstract art subjects like concentric circles, colors, and squares.
This art project for kids is based on that piece, but brings in the colors of the rainbow as an added element.
Rainbow Kandinsky Circles Art Project for Kids
We did this project with kids ranging from teens to toddlers. Each took their own spin on the project and were able to complete it to the best of their ability. Remember art is about the process not the final product- so let the kids explore the colors without adding any stress or rules. (Read more about my thoughts on the Right Way to Do Crafts here)
Supplies for this Kandinsky Art Project
Tempera Paints in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple
Various paint brushes- the finer tipped the better
A copy or print of Kandinsky’s Squares with Concentric Circles for reference
To start have your kids (if they are young, you can do this step for them) fold their paper in half long ways. Then unfold and fold the paper into 3rds.
In the end your paper should have 6 relatively even squares.
Show them the copy of Kandinsky’s Squares with Concentric Circles. You can discuss the meaning of concentric circles if you wish.
Be sure to point out how each set of circles is confined to its own square- encourage the kids to do the same with their art work.
I put our paint colors in the tray in the order that they occur in the rainbow. ROY G. BIV. That helps the kids to remember the order of the colors.
Choose a color to start the center of the first circle. Then paint concentric circles around the center in order that they occur in the rainbow.
Once the first circle is done, choose a different color to start the second circle.
In the end you should have each of the 6 sections starting with a different color.
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Above you can see the completed projects the going from top left (oldest) to bottom right (youngest).
You can see each took a different path. Some chose to leave the rainbow order for their own variation. And some (the toddler) just enjoyed the painting and learning about colors.
Want another rainbow craft? Try this Crumpled Paper Rainbow Craft for learning the colors of the rainbow!