Art and Design KS2: Kandinsky’s ‘Schaukeln’

A statue comes to life in a magical gallery and climbs into the painting 'Schaukeln' or 'Shaking' by Wassily Kandinsky.

Inside the painting she explores Kandinsky’s role in the birth of abstract art, his discovery of his synaesthesia, and his use of colour to express feelings.

We learn about the techniques Kandinsky used in his compositions, and his placement within the artistic world at the time of the painting and beyond.

In a mixture of live action, animation and elements of the painting itself, the clip brings the painting to life and ends by encouraging viewers to paint their feelings.

This clip is from the series Your Paintings.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to introduce the work of Kandinsky and the abstract artists and/or in a discussion about famous artists, art history, or painting.

It could also be used as a stimulus for painting sounds and emotions.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Art and Design at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 2nd Level in Scotland.

More from Your Paintings:

Henri Rousseau’s 'Surprised!'
Joseph Wright of Derby’s 'Orrery'
L.S. Lowry’s 'Britain at Play'
Paula Rego’s ‘Sleeping’
Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Diptych’
Eileen Agar’s ‘Bride of the Sea’
Jan van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Portrait'
Yinka Shonibare’s ‘Line Painting’