♠ Posted by ArtMuse in 2nd Grade Lessons at 4:13 PM
Piet Mondrian was a Dutch artist who began his career committed to representational art which included landscapes native to his home. As his art progressed, it became more and more abstract, the style that Mondrian later coined as Neo-Plasticism. Now my student teacher and I didn't talk about neo-plasticism with our second graders, but we did discuss the way that Mondrian created abstract art based on lines, shapes, and colors as a way to help him organize the disorganization he may have felt in his life at the time. The cut and then re-assembled pieces represent the way that art can help us make sense of our lives and bring us a sense of peace, harmony, and organization. The most amazing thing about the project was that many students really understood that concept and were prompted to discuss events or circumstances in their life that made them feel overwhelmed or sad and then share why or how creating art has helped, or could help them in the future, to deal with those feelings.
Here's how the lesson broke down:
Day 1- My student teacher showed the class a PowerPoint on the life and work of Mondrian with a few slides showing how his work progressed from representation to abstract. The class examined the painting "The Style" and analyzed its lines, shapes, and colors. The students then used 2 foot rulers (with a guided demonstration first) to draw 3 vertical and 3 horizontal lines on a piece of 12x18" watercolor paper.