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1st Grade students have been studying the life and artwork of the artist Piet Mondrian. Mondrian was an abstract artist who used only primary colors and lines to create his artwork. The students just learned about the abstract from the Todd Parr abstract self portraits, this lesson is an extension from that lesson, exploring the different forms of abstract. In this lesson, the students have learned that Piet Mondrain limited himself to what he thought were the pure forms of beauty, line and color. He used mostly vertical and horizontal lines in his artwork in which created a sort of grid. In that grid he added the primary colors to fill the shapes the lines created. In this lesson, students will create their own versions of abstract art using construction paper in the primary colors that have been pre-cut into squares and rectangles. The students then glue these squares of color onto a piece of white paper 12"x18". They then will dip straight edge pieces of cardboard into black tempera paint that they will stamp onto their now collaged papers of red, blue and yellow to create the vertical and horizontal lines in the style of Piet Mondrian. The students are also made aware that if they would like to include white into their artworks, that they must leave the negative space of the white paper.
Learning objectives: primary colors, lines, shape and the study of an artists technique and style.
Primary colors: colors in which cannot be created by mixing. red, yellow, blue.
Vertical Lines: straight lines that go from top to bottom.
Horizontal lines: straight lines that go across from left to right.
Click the link below to view the powerpoint the students were given that includes artworks of Piet Mondrian.