art appreciation for kids, Piet Mondrian

Bear really enjoys our art appreciation lessons but with J-jo not quite 3, we don’t always get to them.  I signed up Bear for 4 trial lessons at an art school and was very disappointed in the art work that came home.  It wasn’t art, it was crafts.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I just can’t be lazy and will just have to depend upon myself to give Bear and J-jo a good start in art appreciation and art skills.

I eased back into art with a simple abstract project based on Piet Mondrian’s Composition II in Red.

image from Wikipedia
After reading bits and pieces from Wikipedia aloud to Bear and J-jo, and looking up the Netherlands on a map of Europe, we started our art project.  We discussed what would make our art work look like Mondrian’s and came up with:
  • needs horizontal and vertical lines
  • needs to have rectangles and squares
  • can only use red, yellow, and blue
  • leave white for contrast
I cut strips of black construction paper and they glued them down. Then they chose from the three colors, deciding where to paint. That’s it!

  Bear’s.

J-jo’s.

The best part is that the children were able to see some Mondrian paintings in person at our art museum this week.  
Next up: some Matisse and Picasso 
Written by Julie Cerdas
I'm a stay-at-home Catholic mom who loves playing with and teaching my two children.