Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Meet the Masters :: Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian was the next Master Artist, following Mary Cassatt in our Meet the Masters Art Course this year. We completed this unit study at the beginning of March.  Each of the units has taken us about three hours to complete - one for the lesson/discussion, one for the worksheets, and one for the art activity.  We prefer spending one afternoon completing the units, but they could easily be broken up and spread out over the week or month. My goal for this year is to complete Tract A, which leaves us with just Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet before our summer break!

.: Master Artist Introduction :. 

Piet Mondrian (MON-dree-ahn) 

Dutch (1872-1944)

Mondrian's geometric, abstract art illustrated the balance of shapes and colors in modern art. After being introduced to the work of this master artist from Holland, the children imitated his expressive arrangements of colors, lines, and shapes.

Art Activity Emphasis: Balance of Shapes, lines, and colors
Media: Paper

.: Art Supplies :. 

Three 3"x3" squares of paper (1 each of red, yellow, blue)
Twelve 1/2"x12" strips paper (2 blue, 2 red, 8 yellow)
One 12"x12" sheet of light gray paper (we used cream)
One piece of scrap paper (for dab of glue)
One Q-tip
White glue

Note: The program suggested construction paper but we used card stock since I already had plenty on hand.  We didn't follow the instructions exactly - I need to start reading them ahead of time, and preferably not in the middle of (at that point unknowingly) fighting H1N1! ;) - but I thought the final results still turned out great.

.: Practice Technique  - Mondrian's Balance :. 

.: Art Project - Broadway Boogie Woogie :. 


  1. When did snuggles become a little boy?

    2014-04-09 18:57:11

    1. I know! It's hard to believe that he will turn seven this summer... How did that happen?!

      2014-04-09 22:42:45

  2. Looks like so much fun! I'm curious about Ranger's Lego creation. Does Lego sell rulers or did he make his own straightedge?

    2014-04-09 21:34:40

    1. We gave him the Lego Movie Ruler (I found it at Target) for his birthday and he LOVES it!

      2014-04-09 22:45:13

  3. I bought the Meet the Masters program awhile ago...You have inspired me to clear off the dust and actually use the program...if only I could find more hours in my day and better behaved children to actually follow through with a fun art project! :-/

    2014-04-11 03:08:16

  4. I purchased the first Meet the Masters set for next school year. To cut price, I just ordered the oldest child version, which I think is what you said you did. Did you find that your younger children were able to understand and keep up okay? Thanks, and God bless! Hope you have a blessed Holy Week!

    2014-04-12 18:15:09

    1. Yes, that is exactly what I did! I purchased the lesson plans for ages 10-Adult and am using it with all the children. It is perfect for my almost 9, 10, 12, and 13 year olds, and I do sometimes modify it a bit if necessary for my 4 and 6 year olds who join in as well. We have all really enjoyed it so far. I hope you have a blessed Holy Week too!

      2014-04-14 23:41:13

  5. Hi Jessica, I haven't visited for awhile. Life is busy!!! Your kids look so much older. Why do kids grow so fast?! This program intrigued me. I am considering teaching a history/art class for a co-op. This looks interesting. Do you think it would transfer well to a co-op? I know the hands-on art projects would, but would the rest? Thoughts? I appreciate it. I know you are busy too.

    2014-05-13 00:03:53

    1. I think this program would work wonderfully in a co-op, as long as you have access to a computer/wi-fi for the actual lessons. Actually, the lessons could be printed out (along with the various art examples) if a computer wasn't available… It's been a fun program!

      2014-05-15 17:27:45

  6. I am frustrated with the Piet Mondrian lesson and how to actually teach what is supposed to be taught. I understood that I would not need Art knowledge myself to do this, however the technique and balance/lack of - i;m lost as to just letting them create - i thought they were to imitate the artist. Any suggestions/

    2019-02-23 20:46:15


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