Sunday 7 October 2012

Mondrian Inspired

I have done this project a couple of times now with Year 1's and 2's and it has turned out really well and is a great way to introduce the work of 20th century artists!

Before we start, I show lots of pictures of Mondrian's work and examples of how his designs have been used in everything from shoes to houses! Then they complete a design sheet (this is a great way to do a simple assessment and see how their visual literacy skills are developing).

**PLease Note; I am happy for anyone to save and use this design sheet - however, if you repost it, please link back to this site. Thank You!

After they have finished their design sheet, they use a ruler to divide up their square paper and decide which sections they will colour (using mainly primary colours and leaving some areas white). To finish they use strips of black paper (I collect these off cuts throughout the year), glue them down over their pencil lines and cut off any excess.

I have done similar projects inspired by Pablo Picasso and Wassily Kandinsky. These and many others are included in my book that came out at the beginning of 2012. I wasn't sure about putting it on here at all as it feels strange to be promoting your own stuff (I certainly don't claim that it is the best art book out there - just a collection of projects that I know work because I have used them all in my own classroom) 
Anyway this is's available as a hard copy or as an ebook.


  1. Brilliant Chani!
    PS Why not promote what you've achieved, everyone else does! Congratulations :)

  2. I hope you don't mind. I posted a link to this post on my blog for art sub lessons. Jan

    1. No problem at all. Thanks for letting me know :-)

    2. No problem at all. Thanks for letting me know :-)