Continuing artist and composer study during our high school homeschool years has brought much enjoyment to our home and family. The relaxed and simple schedule outlined in my Harmony Fine Arts high school plans allows opportunities for a few minutes each week to be dedicated to an on-going chronological study of art and music. (You may wish to read my Big Thank You To Charlotte Mason post.)
Artist study is one of the highlights of every week in our house. It is the balance and perspective to any academic subject. In fact, Mr. B many times takes time on Monday mornings to complete his artist and composer study since he finds it so enjoyable.
Along with the plans in Harmony Fine Arts, Mr. B has requested some follow-up projects. The resources I have on my art shelf and the projects available online for reference make this an easy task. (See my Build Your Own Homeschool Art Curriculum suggestions on Squidoo.)
Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn Kohl has many projects that are appropriate for high school students to work independently. If you have a copy of that book, there is a project for Mondrian that involves using black electrical tape and markers (shown above). This is a simple and easy way to square off sections of your paper. Hint: Don’t pull the tape too tightly across the paper or it will curl.
|Top: Mr. A’s Mondrian marker project and Mr. B’s Mondrian Animal project.|
That Little Art Teacher: Piet Mondrian Animals is a simple but fun follow-up project for Piet Mondrian. I am thinking Mr. B needs to make his dolphin larger and paint it on a canvas for my art wall.
How about a “living math” idea that incorporates a study of Mondrian and math vocabulary? Here you go: Piet Mondrian Inspired Lesson Plan for Geometry and Math.
Links to Piet Mondrian’s colorful paintings for inspriation:
Links to click for some more of Piet Mondrian’s paintings…more traditional flavor: