Thursday, September 4, 2014

Little Artist: Mondrian

School is back in full swing and that means I should be back to posting fun kids art projects and crafts a few times a month. Art projects are always a favorite in our house and have definitely proved to be the highlight of our school week.

For the first few weeks of this school year I decided to highlight one famous artist a week. We will study their life, their works and what inspired them. Then we will attempt to replicate one of their most famous pieces. 

We started with Piet Mondrian and chose to do our version of his famous Composition In Red, Blue and Yellow

This is a great kid friendly article on Mondrian. Or you can skip the facts for the littlest ones ;). 

Supplies needed for this project:
White paper (I have found investing in a heavier weight artist paper to be worth it.)
Red, blue and yellow paint (we used acrylic.)
Black electrical tape
Paint brush

First take the black tape and make some sort of geometrical design with straight lines. Whatever looks good to your eye. I ended up helping Marissa with this step but some older kids may be able to do this alone. 

After your piece is taped you are ready to paint. She randomly chose boxes and colors one at a time. The electrical tape made it easy to wipe off any extra paint that went out of the lines. 

Such focus.

No right or wrong way to choose your colors when she decided to stop this was her finished work!

Thank you Mr. Mondrian for inspiring us to play with Neo-plastacism!

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  1. What a cool idea! I am absolutely storing this in the back of my head for a Spring Break project with my little ones at work! Thank you!

    1. Yay! I am always planning and pinning ahead. SO many projects that we will get to someday. It is nice to find easy ones like this that don't take a lot of supplies!

  2. I love that you included artists into your lesson plans. I don't know who you are referring to when you mentioned the artist from this post. No joke, I don't think I learned about artists. None.

  3. This is such a great art project even if you have no idea who Mondrian is =) I took one art class and did some artists, but I only remember Monet. I kind of just want to do this and let Aria finger paint.