Mondrian-Inspired Abstract Art

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

By Cheryl Trowbridge [Cheryl is an art teacher at Twin Lakes Christian School in Aptos, California and the creator of]

Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), was one of the most important artists of the 20th century. His abstract designs have had a huge influence on graphic design, architecture, and interior design. He was best known for his stylized, geometric designs of black and white grids filled with bright, primary colors. Students will be able to recognize his work still affecting designs in use today! This is a great project for K and 1st with opportunities for learning art history, design concepts, color theory, and vocabulary.

What You Need:

  • 12×18 white paper
  • 7″ x 7″ piece of cardboard to use as a template (one per student)
  • crayons (black, red, yellow, blue)

What You Do:

Place your square piece of cardboard (template) anywhere on your paper, so that its edges are parallel to the edges of your paper.

Trace around your template with a black crayon.

Then, move your template to overlap your traced shape and continue tracing to create more squares and rectangles across your paper.

Make a picture inspired by Mondrian

Keep all your lines vertical and horizontal… no diagonals!

Now look for squares and rectangles and color them with primary colors.

Leave all the ‘L’ shaped (and other-shaped) areas white.

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