Piet Mondrian with Kindergarten

Kindergarten students learned about artist, Piet Mondrian. As a class we talked about his abstract art. As artists, we examined the colors that were used and agreed that he primarily used primary colors in his artwork. Students were able to make connections to his work by expressing the similarities to our community. We expressed how the shapes represent sidewalks, streets and buildings. We learned that the squares and rectangles are geometric shapes and curved lines are organic. Students created an inspired Mondrian print by making stamps of lines and shapes and used chalk pastel to color in some of the ambiguous shapes using primary colors. 

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Piet Mondrian
Broadway Boogie-Woogie, 1942

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3rd grade students studied Jackson Pollock and learned about abstract expressionism. We discussed his drip paintings using body movement. Students also watched a video on how he made his abstract drip paintings. As a class we talked about how liberating and expressive his art is. We talked about how space is being occupied when he is painting. As a result, we made our own inspired drip paintings expressing ourselves through movement in our arms and how texture is created within the lines. There was also music in the background to calm our mind and stay focused in our abstract painting. Students used different hand techniques to create their own placement of the paint. After our abstract expressionist drip paintings were dried, we looked for objects that we unconsciously made with the ambiguous lines and outlined it in black oil pastels.

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Students in class 5-235, 5-237 and 5-239 learned about the Stone Age era and Lascaux cave paintings. We started off using various wooden tools to carve out images that were in caves on hardened clay. We learned about the importance of cave paintings through the Neolithic stage and how they created the artwork. As a class we observed the earthy colors that were used and what kind stories were portrayed in the caves. Students worked as a team through group work showing their narration of people communicating through story telling. Students used inspiration through understanding the culture and history of cave paintings in their own work displaying animals, people, tools and evidence. At the end of the class students critiqued each others work by hypothesizing their stories through visual arts and history.

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