I’ve often reflected on how great Kandinsky’s “Circles” art can be as a learning tool for children. It is colorful and simple, graphic and exciting and I have yet to meet someone young or old who isn’t pleased by it. My second graders had a great time learning about colors and color relationships through this work of art. Students practiced folding paper and creating proportionate sections to contain each color coded box. Each box had to be labeled on the back with the color relationship that would be used on the front. For example, the back of one box could read “Primary Colors” and the front of that box would be filled in with circles of red, yellow and blue. Students had to chose at least 3 different color relationships to represent in their art. Some students chose to chose more and label their artwork accordingly. I had one student label his boxes “Complementary- Purple and Yellow”, “Primary”, “Cool”, (and the funny part) “Old” (Grey, white, black), “Royal” (Blue and Purple), and “Pittsburgh” (Black and Gold). I’ll have to remember the “old” color family!