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MONDRIAN STYLE PAINTING
Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of 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.
Eventually, Mondrian's style consisted of geometric shapes and primary colors. After all, every shape can be created from the basic geometric shapes and every color can be created from the primaries - red, yellow and blue.
Now its your turn to create a Mondrian style painting.
What You Need:
What You Do:
- First draw your lines on the paper using your straight edge. You can put your lines anywhere you want but here is a general guide:
*divide your paper up by drawing draw six horizontal lines from one end of the paper to the other _______
*next draw four vertical lines |||| again, make sure your lines go from one end of your paper to the other.
- When your lines have been drawn, use either black paint or a black marker to darken them up. Make some lines thick and some lines thin.
- Now you should have a grid with lots of empty spaces.
- Choose just a few spaces to fill in with the primary colors - red, yellow and blue
Don't overdo the color ... leave a lot of white space (just as the examples here show. The key is to keep it simple.
- That's all there is to it!
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