PROJECT: A WORK OF ART IN THE MONDRIAN STYLE
TEACHER: MICHAEL SLAGE
SCHOOL: ACADIAN ELEMENTARY, HOUMA
on this lesson:
The students really seem to enjoy this lesson. They like working on a large scale and using markers to cover large areas keeps them involved and busy the entire lesson time. Keeping the lines square to the page can be a challenge (they love gluing them on any-old-way) so in some instances I allowed them to do one or two diagonal lines to add interest and to help the students feel they are part of the process. They also really enjoyed a website I found about Mondrian. The scrolling art work fascinated them and they could not wait to copy what they saw on the computer.
50 minute lesson Grades K-3
The students will (TSW) be introduced to a historical painter, Piet Mondrian, and create a work of art in a similar style.
1/2 sheet standard poster board (a.k.a railroad board) or large white paper, 1 inch strips of black construction or bulletin board paper, glue, markers (paint optional).
TSW be shown several examples of works by Piet Mondrian. A brief history of the artist will also be given; where he was from, what time period he lived, what style he painted in, why is art is important, etc. Images from the internet will also be shown.
TSW be given a poster paper and several of the blackstrips of construction paper. TSW then glue a border of the black stripsaround the perimeter of the paper to create a “frame,” cuttingoff any extra strip that overhangs the page.
The instructor will then demonstrate several possibleways of arranging the next few strips to create interesting rectangles andsquares, referring to the pictures of Mondrian’s art while doing so.Allow the students to arrange the strips in a manner they like, but remindthe students to keep the strips going up and down or across the page only.This will further develop the “Mondrian” effect.
TSW will now fill in most of the rectangles with themarkers (paints could also be used). TSW only use one color per rectangle.The students should leave one of two rectangles the color of the paper.
Can the student name the artist presented in the lesson? His style? Or recall any other facts discussed?
Did the student complete their version of the “Mondrian”successfully?
This lesson could also be used to introduce the concepts of LINE, PRIMARY COLOR, BALANCE, or SHAPE.