I used Wouter van Reek’s Coppernickel Goes Mondrian (from the marvelous Enchanted Lion books!) to introduce the art of Piet Mondrian for this week’s Picture This at Westerville Public Library. We talked about how Mondrian was influenced by Picasso and Cubism (last week’s topic) but took it even further … to total abstraction. We talked about his rules for his works – two dimensional planes, only primary colors – and then kids chose to expand and break those rules. We talked about his last unfinished work, Broadway Boogie Woogie and how he used tape in the creation of his paintings (and so did we!) We listened to Boogie Woogie music (just like the artist) as we created abstract works, Mondrian style.
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