Students will learn about Mondrian in this project. Can be used as an introduction to primary colors/squares and rectangles/line, or as a review of those concepts.
3 sessions; 40 minutes per session
1. SWBAT identify works of art by Mondrian.
2. SWBAT describe what Mondrian's art looks like.
3. SWBAT cut and glue squares and rectangles.
4. SWBAT identify vertical and horizontal lines.
5. SWBAT identify the primary colors.
1. Mondrian Matrix worksheet (attached)
2. Mondrian examples or power point
3. Construction paper (primary colors, black and white(cut to 10"x7"))
7. Paint scraper (cardboard will work)
Day 1: Introduce Mondrian. Discuss what his art looks like (squares, rectangles, lines, primary colors, colors in the lines). Have students color the Mondrian Matrix like Mondrian would.
Day 2: Review Mondrian. Pass out small pieces of primary colored construction paper. Have students cut and glue squares and rectangles onto white construction paper. Discuss what a good, balanced composition is. (No red by red, all squares are spread out, etc.)
Day 3: Glue collage onto black paper for a frame. Using a flat paint scraper, dip into black paint and stamp vertical and horizontal lines onto the collage.
See attached rubric
I have done Mondrian collages many ways, and this is the most successful so far! I may do this project again in the future but use secondary colors instead of primary, and use diagonal lines instead of horizontal and vertical.
Visual Arts Standard 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
Visual Arts Standard 2: Using knowledge of structures and functions
[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
Visual Arts Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
[K-4] Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art
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 various purposes for creating works of visual art