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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Piet Mondrian Horizontal Vertical

Created on November 07, 2013 by MsTuttle

Students will create a Mondrian style piece of artwork while exploring horizontal and vertical lines, reviewing the primary colors, and practicing gluing skills!

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2 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT identify works of art by Piet Mondrian
2. SWBAT define and use horizontal and vertical lines in their artwork.
3. SWBAT identify the primary colors and use them to add color to their work
4. SWBAT demonstrate the proper use of glue

1. Black strips of paper (I cut mine to be 9x1/2”)
2. 12x18 or 12x12 white paper
3. Glue
4. Red, yellow, and blue crayons
5. Examples of Piet Mondrian’s work

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1. Show works by Piet Mondrian
a. What do students notice?
b. What kinds of lines are used?
c. What colors are used?
d. Do they like it, why or why not?
2. Explain vocabulary horizontal and vertical
3. Demonstrate gluing black strips of paper to create composition
4. Students work on gluing
5. Once dry, add color using only the primary colors.
a. Revisit Mondrian-
i. did he leave some spaces white?
ii. Is this okay?
iii. Will you?

• All lines are horizontal or vertical
• Coloring is neat and fills spaces
• Glue was used correctly

Partially Proficient:
• Most/some lines are horizontal or vertical
• Coloring is neat, some spaces need to be filled
• Glue was mostly used correctly

Below Proficient:
• Few lines are horizontal or vertical
• Coloring does not fill spaces fully
• Glue was not used correctly


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[K-4] Students know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures
[K-4] Students identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks

Piet Mondrian

Color/Value, Line, Shape, Space

Collage, Crayon, Mixed Media, Paper