Piet Mondrian (b. 1872 – d. 1944) was a major player in the Dutch abstract art movement known as the De Stijl (The Style) and regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century.
He developed a style of totally abstract painting which combined only straight lines and right angles, primary colours and primary values (black, white and grey).
Mondrian’s work continues to inspire architects and fashion designers, such as the contemporary designer Camille Walala https://www.camillewalala.com/
More about Mondrian can be found on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piet_Mondrian
Create your own MONDRIAN inspired artworks.
You’ll need: thin card (or a cereal box), ruler, scissors, masking tape and pencil.
1.Draw several horizontal and vertical lines on your card (non-glossy side of cereal pack) using the ruler. Make sure the lines are spaced at differently spaced intervals.
2.Where horizontal and vertical lines have crossed you will have created squares and rectangles. Cut out a number of these shapes (but don’t cut out shapes that join the edge of your template).
3.Cut a straight line from the edge of your template to reach into a shape, then use masking tape or similar to repair the single cut line. If you are old enough and competent you can use a craft knife with a metal cutting ruler and self-healing mat underneath.
4.Place your template over a sheet of white paper and start colouring with red, yellow, blue, black and grey – this recreates the three primary colour and values Mondrian worked with.
5.Make more than one template for variety of shapes and be sure to include some long thin slots, which can be used to box in coloured areas.
6.Rotating templates to apply shapes in different directions for variety.
It’s harder than it looks, to find a harmonious combination of lines, shapes and colour!
Mondrian’s late work such as ‘Victory Boogie Woogie’ (1942) incorporated torn coloured paper. For an extended activity how about cutting out and wrapping coloured bands of paper over paper strips to glue onto a white background.