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Experiment with primary colors and geometric shapes in the style of Piet Mondrian! Create a template to make one huge, ultramodern design!
Invite students to research art and theories of painting by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). Notice his use of primary colors and basic geometric shapes divided by solid black lines. Find out how Mondrian used these basic shapes to represent real objects.
To create Mondrian-like art, students cut 1/4-inch (6 mm) strips of oak tag or recycled file folders. Use them to create a grid-like web with various shapes of negative spaces between the strips, much like the black lines in a Mondrian painting.
Use Crayola School Glue to place your pieces in a web that is slightly larger than Crayola Color Explosion™ paper. If Color Explosion™ paper is not available, construction paper can be substituted. Air-dry webs.
Once dry, lay web templates on top of the black side of Color Explosion paper. Tape the edges to the work surface to hold the template in place.
Students trace several of the shapes along the web’s edges. Refer back to a Mondrian painting to help determine how many lines should be left solid and black. When satisfied, remove the web.
Encourage students to choose several shapes to fill with color. Consider the balance of the artwork---spread out the color shapes. Use sweeping lines that barely overlap. Enjoy the BURST of color that Mondrian could have only dreamed about!
Provide an opportunity for students to share their Mondrian-like art pieces with small groups of classmates. Encourage the discussion of how each student incorporated Mondrian research into their original art.
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