This week, the first grade completed an artist’s study of Kandinsky, inspired by the lovely children’s book, The Noisy Paint Box, by Barb Rosenstock. Young Kandinsky discovered that he could “see” the colors in music, and this unique vision inspired him to create a new style of painting, abstract art. While reading this book, the first graders learned that “abstract art” does not depict recognizable images, like people, landscapes, or real objects. Abstract art uses shapes, colors, and lines to create a whole different style of art. The first graders enjoyed listening to classical music while painting, letting the mood of the music inspire their choices of line and color.