Preschool through IB Middle School

Circle Painting

Helen Peterson, Preschool Teacher
This week we have been seeing spots and stripes in all sorts of patterns around our classroom. For one project we were adventurous and introduced the children to some simple ‘Circle Painting’ using a famous Kandinsky painting as our inspiration. Circle painting is a collborative painting where a group of people work on a piece of artwork together. Through collaboration the artwork develops as each person adds their own idea, line, shape or color. The children let go of it being their painting and work inclusively alongside each other at the same time, getting inspiration from others as they work and learning to be part of a team.

This proved to be a very calming activity for the children as they moved around the painting filling in spaces, adding to other friends marks. The children focused on making circles as this is a shape they are able to make. They painted one circle then moved onto another circle that a friend made, adding to their circle. This continued until the painting was finished. I was impressed with how everyone accepted each other’s contributions and shared the paints. It was also great to hear the children comment so positively on their piece of art as it began to take shape. Their finished artwork is now hanging like a colorful tent from our classroom lights. 
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