After looking at and discussing the artwork by Kandinsky, 2nd grade students were paired up or put into groups of three to create a painting together. The students had to really focus on collaboration and working as a team. Each time we began with a new color, they had to talk to each other about a few places to paint with that color. We also talked about being accepting of the others' choices with painting even if it might not be the same as theirs. Every five minutes or so, I had them rotate the paper (poster board) so that they were constantly looking at it from different angles and painting along their partners painting.
The students said they had never did art with another person before and loved it.
After using the black, students in one class added red, yellow, and blue. The other class used red, yellow and purple. This was mostly so that the two classes artwork was slightly different.
"It's neat how we all had to follow the same directions, but they all turned out really different."
"When they are all next to each other, they look like one big giant painting instead of a bunch of small paintings."