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Monday, November 26, 2012

Paint like Piet Mondrian

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

I've always been fascinated with the primary colors and geometric lines of Piet Mondrian's neo-plastic paintings.

Mondrian 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.

[If you would like to read more about Mondrian (he didn't always paint this way), I've written a lengthy piece (complete with photographs) at my ArtHistoryPlus blog - http://www.arthistoryplus.com/2012/11/piet-mondrian-breaking-it-down.html]

We have held many classes where we introduced students of all ages to Piet Mondrian's work. Generally, we have used black electrical tape, black strips of paper (glued down) or black paint to create lines on heavy white paper. Then, students have filled in certain areas of the paper with various paint colors. It was always a hit!

However, I wanted to try this lesson out with a younger age group and so, my preschool-aged daughter and I made the following attempt...

We used:
  • Heavy white paper
  • Tape (we used black electrical tape)
  • Paint (we used tempera)

I arranged the black tape on the paper in a pretty uniform way - just to keep things simple.

I told my girl that she could fill in spaces or leave them blank. It was entirely up to her.

In retrospect, I shouldn't have included white paint. The primary colors are all we really needed and because the white was available, my daughter started mixing tints. Which, was okay too :)

In the end, she decided to fill all the spaces with color. Here is the end result with the tape still on.

And, with the tape removed, as per her request.

All in all - lots of fun for all!

If you are interested in diving in to a Mondrian inspired art lesson, have a look at the links below. And remember, to read more about Piet, visit: http://www.arthistoryplus.com/2012/11/piet-mondrian-breaking-it-down.html

More Mondrian:

Students will create Mondrian-inspired abstract art using crayons and paper. From Cheryl Trowbridge. [read more]

Students will learn about geometric shapes and color as they create a construction paper picture in the style of Piet Mondrian. By: Kristen Peery. [read more]

Learn how to make a painting in the style of artist Piet Mondrian. [read more]

Until next time. Keep creating!

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