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Hilma af Klint

Meet Hilma af Klint, also known as the mother of abstraction! Even though she painted with this ground-breaking style starting in 1906 (five years before Kandinsky!), she was reluctant to show her work to the public. In 1986, her work was featured for the first time in a public art show, and she slowly became known as the true founder of abstract art. Her work is now displayed at the Guggenheim museum that attracts more than 1 million visitors every year!

With this art box, kids will learn about Hilma af Klint’s background in traditional art and see how her art career made a drastic change nine years after it began. Then, they will start studying Hilma’s most recognized pieces and make their own reproductions. Kids get to layer oil pastels, watercolors, wood, paper, and several other materials to create mixed-media pieces. There’s also an opportunity to practice automatic drawing and blindfolded drawing! The box wraps up with an abstract sculpture kids can build again and again!

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Activities in the Hilma af Klint Box:
The Swan No II Group 9 Mixed-Media Reproduction
Despite its name, there’s not a swan in this painting. Instead, kids will practice their geometry skills in dividing the canvas and using lines to create a 3D effect. There are lots of opportunities here to incorporate colors and bold creativity!

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The Swan No II Group 9 Mixed-Media Reproduction
They Tens Mainstay IV Mixed-Media Reproduction
Shapes like spirals, shells, and mussels dominate this abstract reproduction. Kids will use paint-resist techniques to make their shapes stand out from the bright orange background. Plus, pieces of golden yarn become eye-catching spirals.

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They Tens Mainstay IV Mixed-Media Reproduction
Automatic Drawing Technique
Kids will love the novelty of drawing blindfolded while learning this technique. They will simply let their subconscious take over as the oil pastels hit the paper. Geometric features and watercolors are added as finishing touches.

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Automatic Drawing Technique
Abstract Circles Sculpture
Circles were an important symbol in Hilma af Klint’s paintings. They were a nod to her Spiritualism, but in a more basic sense for kids, they are fun to create, and they give visual interest to an abstract piece. With this project, kids make several abstract circles and then assemble them into a sculpture that can be disassembled and rebuilt anytime they want!

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Abstract Circles Sculpture
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