Josef Albers dedicated most of his artistic career to the study of color. Kindergarten and first grade students are following his lead, learning the primary and secondary colors and how they interact. These paintings contain simple, geometric squares with colors placed side by side, working together to express different combinations and moods.
Before we make our large paintings, however, we first study the color wheel.
We also read An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers by Natasha Wing. Then, we do an activity that Albers did himself- we take small pieces of colored paper, pairing them to explore how colors interact when combined. Which colors are bright? Soft? Loud? Quiet?
We are having great fun exploring color and the artwork of Josef Albers. For more information on this artist, visit http://www.albersfoundation.org.
Hello from the studio at Jacob G. Smith Elementary School! My name is Jillian Luse and I work with emerging artists in kindergarten through fifth grade. This is our online gallery, a space to share what we learn and create.