Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Piet Mondrian For Kids

Piet Mondrian for Kids
Introducing Great Artists to Putti and learning about them with her has been on my to-do list for a long time now. As told many times earlier, my background is neither Arts nor Early Childhood Education and hence was not very sure how to do it. Maggy at Red Ted Art along with other fabulous kid bloggers has started a series called 'Kids Get Arty' to explore Great Artists with Kids! This gave me the needed inspiration to start.  In her post, she shares 30+ ideas to explore various artists with kids and also some lovely art books for your inspiration.
To begin with, we studied Piet Mondrian, a Dutch artist. We looked at his paintings on the web. We learned that he liked to create simple shapes and colored them using the primary colors and the neutral colors of white and black. We talked about horizontal and vertical lines.  And then I saw this idea to use black electrical tape to create shapes in MaryAnn Kohl's Discovering Great Artists book. 

Materials Needed:

white cardstock
black electrical tape
paint in primary colors (red, blue, yellow) (you could use markers or crayons too)
newspaper to cover work area


This is sort of like the Tape Resist Art which is one of Putti's favorite art activity, but only in this case we will not be pulling the tape off.
Great Artists for kids
I helped Putti to apply black tape in horizontal and vertical lines, creating squares and rectangles of various sizes(older kids can do this themselves). Here's our final design.
Piet Mondrian for Kids
Putti then filled in the squares and rectangles with red, blue and yellow paint. She took care not to paint on the black tape. And if she did, I simply used a damp paper towel to wipe it off.
Piet Mondrian for Kids
Here is her finished painting. If you want, you could cut the tape vertically in half to reduce its width.
Kids Get Arty

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Great! I´m from Holland and I love this idea :-)

I would like to know which would be the best age group to do this "game"?

Thank you!

Thanks for visiting and for your comments. My daughter is 4 yrs now and has been playing with paints for over 2 yrs now and has recently been very good at staying within lines(in this case tape).
Younger kids would love this too, though they may paint over the paint. And if you wish you can use wipe that excess paint off the tape with a wet wipe.

Thanks Deborah! Putti loved it too.

I love this and have been wanting to do it for some time! Putti's turned out lovely!

This is so fun! We'll do this project. SO cool that for the Kids Get Arty linkup, there are 2 Mondrian inspired projects, but use different materials!

This is one project that has been on my to do list for ages! My girls love using tape in their art work and I have been meaning to introduce them to Mondrian. I love how the finished piece turned out :) Great job Putti!

Mondrian is simply wonderful. I love the simplicity of the primary colours. And you art project is fantastic! Wonderful to use the black tape.

Thank you so much for joining us on our Kids Get Arty journey!


Made these with my kids today. Loved doing it with them and they turned out great! Thanks for the idea!

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