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MONDRIAN INSPIRED ABSTRACT ART

Level: Primary, Junior
Grades: K-5 | Age: 5-11 | Written by: Cheryl Trowbridge
[Cheryl is an art teacher at Twin Lakes Christian School in Aptos, California] [Visit Cheryl's website at www.teachkidsart.net ]
Summary:

Students will learn about geometric shapes and color as they create a picture in the style of Piet Mondrian.

Objectives:

Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), was one of the most important artists of the 20th century. His abstract designs have had a huge influence on graphic design, architecture, and interior design. He was best known for his stylized, geometric designs of black and white grids filled with bright, primary colors. Students will be able to recognize his work still affecting designs in use today! This is a great project for K and 1st with opportunities for learning art history, design concepts, color theory, and vocabulary.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Place your square piece of cardboard (template) anywhere on your paper, so that its edges are parallel to the edges of your paper.

  2. Trace around your template with a black crayon.

  3. Then, move your template to overlap your traced shape and continue tracing to create more squares and rectangles across your paper.

  4. Keep all your lines vertical and horizontal... no diagonals!

  5. Now look for squares and rectangles and color them with primary colors.

  6. Leave all the 'L' shaped (and other-shaped) areas white.

About Piet Mondrian:

Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater, KinderArt®

Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter who was born in 1872 (that's over 100 years ago!). At one time, Mondrian painted realistic landscapes, but as he painted more and more, his style began to change. He started to create abstract images ... much like the Mondrian-style paintings you see here on this page. How did he come to paint this way? Well, the more Mondrian looked at trees, buildings and vases, the more he saw their basic shapes and colors. You can try this too ... just squint your eyes while you are looking at something and all the details will start to disappear. You will see only shapes and color ... no real objects. This is what Mondrian did.

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SQUEAKING OF ART, The Mice Go to the Museum
by Monica Wellington
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