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Piet Mondrien - Abstract Art, Line, Shape and Color


Level: ECE, Preschool, Primary
Grades: Pre-K - 2| Age: 2-8 | Written by: Kristen Peery
[Kristen is a student at the University of Utah.]

Students will learn about geometric shapes and color as they create a construction paper picture in the style of Piet Mondrian


To define and create an abstract art work.
To introduce the artist Piet Mondrian.
Review geometric shapes (rectangles & squares), straight , angular lines, color

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Discuss the artist Piet Mondrian and how his art work is considered abstract (art that comes from reality but, is not.)

  2. Discuss how he used straight and angular lines and geometric (rectangle & square) shapes to create art.

  3. Give each child one large sheet of white paper and a handful of pre-cut rectangles and squares in all shapes/ sizes/widths.

  4. Encourage children to glue their shapes on the white paper to create an abstract work of art.

About Piet Mondrian:

Written by Andrea Mulder-Slater, KinderArt®

Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter who was born in 1872 (that's over 100 years ago!). At one time, Mondrian painted realistic landscapes, but as he painted more and more, his style began to change. He started to create abstract images ... much like the Mondrian-style paintings you see here on this page. How did he come to paint this way? Well, the more Mondrian looked at trees, buildings and vases, the more he saw their basic shapes and colors. You can try this too ... just squint your eyes while you are looking at something and all the details will start to disappear. You will see only shapes and color ... no real objects. This is what Mondrian did.

Recommended Books/Products:

Teaching Art to Young Children ages 4-9
by Robert Barnes

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