Shirley Huller White

Grade 2: Art Education

All lessons presented here implement project and inquiry-based learning strategies, and meet or exceed Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework standards.

Artwork presented here may NOT be reproduced in any way.

Art Lesson/Unit: Grade Level 2

Spontaneous Connections: Creating the Unexpected with Lines and Color

Enduring Understandings:

  • Artists often use a variety of lines to show direction and movement in their art: these lines can sometimes create unexpected and imaginative geometric and organic shapes.
  • Artists may use music to help inspire their creativity and to be more expressive in their artwork.
  • The Russian Expressionist artist Wassily Kandinsky celebrated the unexpected and self-expressive spirit of his artwork.

Essential Questions:

  • How might listening to music help you create a more spontaneous and expressive piece of artwork?
  • How might unexpected and expressive lines connect to create unexpected shapes?
  • What do you see when you look at the the painting you created? Look closely at the lines, shapes, and colors in your artwork.

Exemplars and Inspirations:

This lesson is inspired by the art of Wassily Kandinsky and great music!

Materials and Techniques:

  • Heavy-weight paper for painting
  • Tempera paint and a variety of paint brushes

Music Connection:

Music is essential to this lesson. I created a compilation CD with a variety of musical genres that would appeal to this grade level. This lesson can be adapted to any age group. I have had equally joyful and successful experiences with this lesson at the college level.


These samples are 12" x 18" and I have found this lesson works equally well at smaller sizes, especially if time is an issue.