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Summer Art Projects 2016 – Can’t Wait!

Summer is the time to do some projects…it is always nice to have time off but creating a little art together is not only a nice change of pace when the weather is too hot or wet to be outside, but it also gives you an activity that can stimulate further exploring with art materials and ideas. Here are some to get you started.


Kandinsky Circles – Oil Pastel Project

This lesson is actually a Youtube video! Make sure to view the artwork first (here is one to get you started) and then get them started on their own version of Kandinsky’s Circles.


Weaving With Cardboard and Yarn

We had this project in one of our Hearts and Trees kits a few years ago. What an easy and entertaining afternoon project! We used varigated color yarn to make it easy. Create coasters for your family and friends. Use the woven pieces with dolls, nature tables, or playhouses.


Create Some Mondrian LEGO Art

This link has visual ideas and a printable that you may wish to use. Always view some Mondrian color block art first! Then pull out your LEGOS for a fun hands on activity.

Starry Night Ornaments

These are going to take special materials and some patience. Aren’t they gorgeous? I am going to invite some friends over and we are going to make some to hang around the house.Here is the link to the painting to inspire you: Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.

Send me a photo or leave me a comment if you complete any of the suggested projects with your family. Let me know how it goes!

Piet Mondrian Art Projects with Markers

Mondrian Project with tape and markers

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.

Mondrian Projects with Markers
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.

Piet Mondrian projects

Additional Links:
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:

Riverview With A Boat and Sun


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