Spirit of Huntington’s Artists Come Alive Rocks Out To Kandinsky

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For the last week of January, we rocked out to Wassily Kandinsky, the pioneer of abstract art, as we colored to music. Our students learned about Kandinsky as our staff read aloud The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock. Our students then recreated Kandinsky’s famous Squares with Concentric Circles. 

Did you know that Kandinsky had an extra ability called synesthesia? Synesthesia is defined as “the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.” In essence, Kandinsky could hear colors, feel sounds, and taste shapes when listening to music. He believed art and music went hand in hand.

Kandinsky stated, “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibration in the soul.” Like a musician, our students could express their feelings through shapes, colors, and lines while listening to eight different styles of music. Through our virtual class, and through our screens, the staff at the SoH were able to see the faces of our students moving and grooving to classical tones all the way to rock and roll. Even our founder Erich Preis joined in on the fun, grooving to the tunes along with everyone else.

We continue to encourage students with various forms of expression, and no one knows expression quite like Kandinsky.

by Erich Preis

by Diane Young

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