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My goal in teaching art is to expose my children to a variety of different artists and art styles.
I like to spend an entire month studying one artist. This lets us explore their artwork and try to create our own without being rushed.
We recently studied Piet Mondrian, a Dutch painter from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Usually, when we study an artist we read books about the artist’s life, watch YouTube videos, and create our own artwork. This time was a little different.
I couldn’t find ANY child-friendly books or videos about Piet Mondrian (if you know of any please comment!). Our library did have a huge compilation book filled with photographs of his artwork though. We spent a few weeks flipping through the book and finding artwork that we liked.
We made our own Mondrian-inspired art over the course of three days.
- Blank white canvas
- Painters tape
- Paint (black, yellow, blue, and red)
- Paint brushes
Apply painters tape in vertical lines on the canvas. Use a credit card to smooth the tape and make sure it firmly attached to the canvas. You will paint black lines in between the tape so be sure not to space the tape too far a part.
Mondrian art does not always have the same spacing between lines so space the lines in a way that is pleasing to YOUR eye.
After you have painted all of the vertical lines remove the painters tape and set the canvas aside to dry.
Apply painters tape in horizontal lines on the canvas. Paint horizontal lines overlapping the vertical lines. Space the lines in a way that looks good to you.
Remove the painters tape while the paint is still wet and set the canvas aside to dry.
Today is the day you get to add some color to your canvas! Piet Mondrian artwork uses primary colors so those were the only ones I provided for my kids.
There is usually a lot of white space too so be sure not to fill in all of the squares/rectangles.
Set it aside to dry and hang it up to display it when the paint is dry.
Now that your kids are familiar with Mondrian art, see if they can spot any examples while out and around town.