Family Art Night

This is a special evening in May for Hage families to flex their creative muscles! Art Corps of San Diego instructors lead guided art lessons for our families. There are three art lessons to choose from, each featuring work by a different famous artist.

Kandinsky Abstraction

Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944)

Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter whose exploration of abstraction makes him one of the most important innovators in modern art. Both as an artist and as a theorist, he played a pivotal role in the development of abstract art where the art does not represent recognizable objects or scenes. 

Kandinsky called upon his perception of colors as music in his works. It is said he heard color and saw sounds, a condition known as synesthesia. To Kandinsky, simple pictures were little melodies, complex ones were symphonies. Like music improvisation, his paintings were often made up on the spot, with no pre-planning.

At Family Art Night, participants will use Kandinsky’s most famous abstract works and music as inspiration to create their own abstract art using chalk.

Paul Klee Etching

Paul Klee (Swiss-German 1879-1940)

Klee’s work is unique and difficult to classify. Primitive art, surrealism, cubism, and children's art all seem blended into his small-scale, delicate paintings, watercolors, drawings and etchings. As gifted musically as artistically, he chose art and became a master of color harmony and line. 

His works are often filled with childlike symbols that hint at a mysterious world and its creatures. Geometric forms and spidery hieroglyph-like symbols combine with people and animals.

Our Family Art Night lesson is inspired by his early works like the Golden Fish in which glowing colors shine out of a black background. We will use oil pastels to fill our paper with color and then cover it all with black pastel. Then we can create an “etching” by scratching thru the black to reveal the color in shapes and lines.

Eric Carle Collage

Eric Carle (American, 1942-2021)

Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of such beloved books as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Lonely Firefly. His work is instantly recognizable. 

He uses a collage technique with hand painted paper to create cheerful, colorful images drawn from nature.

At Family Art Night we will use Carle’s work as inspiration to create our own collage using tissue paper and glue.