Easy Mondrian

Dutch painter, Piet Mon­drian (1872–1944), was one of the most impor­tant artists of the 20th cen­tury. His abstract designs had a huge influ­ence on the graphic design, archi­tec­ture, and inte­rior design of his day. He was best known for his styl­ized, geo­met­ric designs of black and white grids filled with bright, pri­mary col­ors. Stu­dents are fas­ci­nated to see his work still influ­enc­ing designs in use today!

This is a great project for K and 1st that has super-easy prep and lots of oppor­tu­ni­ties for learn­ing (art his­tory, design con­cepts, color the­ory, and vocab­u­lary).… and results in every­one being suc­cess­ful. Try it and see!

Mate­ri­als:

  • 12x18 white paper
  • 7“x7” card­board tem­plate (one per student)
  • crayons (black, red, yel­low, blue)

Direc­tions:
(vocab­u­lary words in bold)

1. Place your tem­plate any­where on your paper, so that its edges are par­al­lel to the edges of your paper. Trace around your tem­plate with a black crayon.

2. Then, move your tem­plate to over­lap your traced shape and con­tinue trac­ing to cre­ate more squares and rec­tan­gles across your paper. Keep all your lines ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal… no diag­o­nals!

3. Now look for squares and rec­tan­gles and color them with pri­mary col­ors. Leave all the “L” shaped areas white.



These Mon­drian–inspired cre­ations were made by my fan­tas­tic Kindergarteners!


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