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Niko Draws A Feeling

“Niko Draws A Feeling

Everywhere that Niko looks, he draws something that inspires him like the ring-a-ling of an ice cream truck and the hard work of a mother robin building her nest.

No one understands his drawings until one day a girl moves in next door and sees sadness in his drawing.

Niko draws her a picture and asks her, “What is this?” She answers, “It makes me feel like I made a new friend.”

This book promotes imagination, a different perspective, and being unique.

TITLE: Niko Draws A Feeling

AUTHOR: Bob Raczka


PUBLISHER: Carolrhoda, 2017


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, a different perspective, unique


1) Pick an emotion. Draw what that emotion feels like to you. Draw the opposite emotion of the emotion you picked.

2) Draw the surprise of a surprise party. Draw the joy of receiving a present.

3) Abstract Art is expression of emotion that uses only lines, colors, and shapes, no subject.

Make your own abstract art. Think of an emotion. Freely draw lines onto a blank sheet of paper. Fill in your picture with different colors.


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Creative Thinking Prompt: Abstract Art



Creative Thinking Prompt: Abstract Art

Abstract art is a painting or sculpture that doesn’t depict an accurate representation of reality. Instead the artwork is composed of different colors, shapes, brushstrokes, and sizes. For Russian artist Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944), leader of the abstract art movement, colors provoked emotions. Red meant lively and confident whereas green was peaceful.

Make a list of colors. Next to each color, write an emotion that color makes you feel. Paint an abstract painting using colors from your color list.

Think Deeper: Imagine Colors as Sounds

Kandinsky also assigned sounds of instruments to colors. Red sounded like a trumpet. Light blue sounded like flute. Imagine colors as sounds. Fold a piece of paper in half. On one side, write a list of colors. On the other side, write a list of instruments. Draw a line from a color to an instrument.

To learn more about abstract art, visit http://www.tate.org.uk/learn/online-resources/glossary/a/abstract-art

The Noisy Paint Box


The Noisy Paintbox: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

Born in Moscow, Russia on December 4, 1866, Vasily Kandinsky was raised as proper boy. When he was a young boy, his aunt gave him a paint box. When he mixed the colors, he heard music. “The swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a magical symphony.” But he ignored his noisy paint box.

Instead Kandinsky did what was expected – he studied law and became a lawyer. One night he attended the opera. As he listened to the music, he saw vibrant colors and his desire to paint flared once again. So he quit the law and studied painting. However, he did what was expected of him and painted pretty landscapes and ladies.


Finally, Kandinsky listened to his heart and took a risk.


He painted what he felt and allowed the world to see his paintings despite knowing the criticism his work would receive.



Kandinsky was born with synesthesia, which is when one sense triggers another sense. For Kandinsky, he experienced sound as colors. “I could hear the hiss of the colors as they mingled.” He is a respected leader of the abstract art movement.

This book promotes following one’s passion, taking risks, perspective, and creation of a new art movement.

TITLE: The Noisy Paintbox: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

AUTHOR: Barb Rosenstock

ILLUSTRATOR: Mary Grandpré

PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: following one’s passion, taking risks, perspective, creation of a new art movement


1) Imagine what it would be like if you saw numbers as colors. What would 2 + 4 = 6 look like?

To learn more about synesthesia, https://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/syne.html

2) “Art should make you feel,” Vasya told his friends, “like music.” Look at some famous works of art. What artwork makes you feel happy, sad, confused, etc?


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