A2 SAMPLE ART ACTIVITY 1
Recreating the work of Piet Mondrian with his use of geometric black lines and primary colour blocks. Students try to apply the style to an animal shape. They draw the animals freehand or may be supplied with clipart animal outlines to help them out. Once the animal is drawn they then add the straight lines and primary colours in random squares on the creature.
- Art paper
- Enlarged animal outline shapes (optional)
- Thick black textas/ Sharpies
- Red, yellow, blue and black paint (or crayons, textas)
- Black cardboard or paper
- Look at examples of the art of Mondrian, have samples on the screen
- Choose an animal. Students can either draw freehand or have large clip art outlines of animals that they can trace or use as a reference. Make the animal large and a feature of the page.
- Use a thick black texta to outline. Then, using a ruler, divide the inside of the outlined figure into uneven rectangle shapes.
- Students paint random rectangles one of the set primary colours, making sure they leave several white.
- Once the paintings are dry, cut out the animal shape and glue it to red or black cardboard for a more striking finish.
- Popular animals are those with distinctive shapes: fish, shark, dolphin, seahorse, emu, kangaroo, horse, owl, crab, rabbit, elephant, frog, and butterfly
- Could be used as part of a unit of study: Australian animals, sea-life, rainforest animals etc.
- Extension ideas: apply Mondrian style to other artworks: like a clock, shoes, book cover, pencil case, or cards
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