Thinking About Art

Wassily Kandinsky

Day 24

The other day I was working with a group of students with Autism.  One of the boys, a 3rd-grade student, loves to draw.  We were talking about birds and as a part of the activity, we were drawing a bird, following step-by-step instructions.  He followed his own vision and it was quite remarkable.  His drawing evenly filled all of the space that was given for it and incorporated theme and repetition.  Why were there sketches of eyes recurring in his picture?  Who knows, but the finished product was quite captivating and I could picture it as a mural on a wall.  I asked him if he wanted to add color to it, but he declined; that did not fit his artistic vision.  He said he wanted it to look more like a cartoon.  

As I walk up and down the halls in my elementary school, I admire the art by the children, hanging on the bulletin boards.  Some of it is quite arresting in color, form, and purity of vision.  It starts me wondering about abstract art in particular.  I recently discovered Wassily Kandinsky’s art and I love it, some more than others.  I discovered that I can almost see stories in some of the abstract art.  Some paintings hit me with their use of color and the composition of the piece which can sometimes be like music.

It is interesting to me how many different kinds of art there are and how it appeals to different people.  I just heard on the news that a painting by Andy Warhol of Marilyn Monroe is going to be priced at $200 million dollars, and I don’t care for it at all.  I would be most unhappy if I had to have that hanging in my house, and look at it every day!

They say that art is in the eye of the beholder, and it is true that we do like different styles, but there seems to be some level of sophistication or composition that people instinctively understand to be something special and transcendent.  As much as I admired my student’s abstract composition of the bird, I wouldn’t find any buyers for $200 million for it!

Author: jet197

A Spanish-speaking elementary resource teacher, single mom with two grown kids, and a passion for the outdoors and books. I am a big curious question mark always pondering with a penchant for poetry.

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