Mondrian in 3D

Sadly I pushed this project to the very last minute and we ran out of time for the majority of the classes. After introducing the 2nd graders to Piet Mondrian with this awesome video.  We looked at several of Mondrian’s paintings and discussed the common elements used. (Line and primary colors)


Then I told them their challenge was to make a 2D painting into a 3D sculpture! I’d precut rectangles of styrofoam and gave each child 5. They were to paint them using primary colors, any combination, but they could not paint them all one color. Then we used popsicle sticks colored with Sharpie as the black grid lines. Then they started to build!

2nd Grade Mondrian Sculpture 2nd Grade Mondrian Sculpture 2nd Grade Mondrian Sculpture 2nd Grade Mondrian Sculpture 2nd Grade Mondrian Sculpture 2nd Grade Mondrian Sculpture 2nd Grade Mondrian Sculpture 2nd Grade Mondrian Sculpture 2nd Grade Mondrian Sculpture

A student was the one that suggested to use the Sharpies to color the sticks. As you can see the first few classes were painting them. The Sharpie proved to be a much better solution!

2nd Grade Mondrian Sculpture

Sadly I have no completed projects because we simply ran out of time. 😦

And there ends my first year as an elementary art teacher! I’ll be teaching a summer enrichment class starting in two weeks so see you soon!

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About Ms. Luna

Here we go! Year number four! Teaching artist at Mark Twain Elementary! I started my career in 2002, in the New York City Schools as a Special Education Middle School teacher. Moving back to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, I continued teaching Special Education and also began teaching after school and summer art programs. Moving again to Houston, Texas. I have taught all levels and abilities from kindergarten to college and am very excited to be teaching here at Mark Twain! I am also a professional artist and designer that shows work worldwide. I have been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Austin Fashion Week, Houston Press, and at the Grassi Museum of the Applied Arts in Germany. I hold a Masters of Science in Special Education from Manhattan College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. I currently am teaching grades kindergarten through fifth and am an adjuct art professor at Alvin Community College.

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