Saturday, April 25, 2015

Piet Mondrian 2015-part one

Last spring, our MWF classes embraced the work of Piet Mondrian.  We did not have a formal lesson on Mondrian but the children were so inspired by his work, we created many opportunities in the art center for them to be 'Mondrian'.  Piet Mondrian MCP 2014---

This year with our MWF preK classes, we had a lesson on Mondrian.  I have discovered that books on art and artists for early childhood are weak in content and the artist's work so I have learned to improvise.  I found that purchasing a coffee table type book with many of the artist's work and then placing the work in page protectors or laminating works best for our program.  The children are able to hold the work in their hand, make comments and talk with their friends.  I have purchased books on Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Picasso and now Mondiran.  The Mondrian book I recently purchased contained over one hundred of his works plus photographs of the artist. These books are often very inexpensive in your favorite online market.  I apologize to the authors and publishers of these magnificent books that I must tear them apart but I hope there is the understanding that much knowledge is being gained by our young artists!
  We looked at Mondrian's early paintings of trees and landscapes and moved to his better known pieces with bold colors and black lines.   We had a discussion on shapes and color and we moved to the tables.  Each student was given a black marker and crayons.  You can also see the pages of the Mondrian book on the tables for student inspiration.
Finished work...
The children will have more experiences with Mondrian next week.  We will have group and center activities available.  Explore Mondiran's work with your child---

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