Today, was all about Piet Mondrian.
First we played a game. I had six Mondrian style artwork on the wall. The kids rolled a number cube (die) and had to recreate whatever number was on the die. It was a good exercise in spatial awareness and we discussed lines, primary colours and balance.
For the art project, the kids designed Mondrian inspired trivet, I painted each cork bottom trivet with gesso the night before. After discussing Piet Mondrian's work, kids created a design on paper. I asked them to make a variety of lines. Two lines should read the end. There should be a total of 5-6 lines. Once they had their lines figured out, they had to choose where they wanted the colours. The only colours available were yellow, red, and blue. I asked them to balance out the colours and to consider the white spaces.
After they finished their designs, they used tape and a black permanent marker to create thick and thin lines. Then I gave them primary acrylic colours to complete their design.
Overall, they did a fantastic job.
Here is one example.