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Piet Mondrian Preschool Art

If you follow our blog you will know by now just how much my Preschooler LOVES painting. In fact most young children love expressing themselves through mark making and I try to give her as many opportunities as possible to explore different methods. It keeps her hungry to experiment and I really enjoy watching her creativity!

I have taken to looking at some Famous Artists to get some inspiration on different techniques. I am actually shocked at how many different ways of painting I have been able to introduce to such a young child since I started my search!

Today I am sharing with you Piet Mondrian inspired art that my Preschooler really enjoyed!!

Piet Mondrian was a Dutch artist born in 1872 and died in 1944 aged 71 in New York.

Mondrain began to produce abstract art after the first world war had ended in around 1919. He used black lines to create rectangles and squares, using the Primary Colours (red, yellow and blue) in his work.

This seemed like a perfect Art idea for a 3 year old! Not only did it mean we colour look at creating squares and rectangles, we could also talk about the three Primary colours.

To create Piet Mondrain Preschool Art like we have, you will need:

Paint - red, yellow and blue
Black Paper - cut into strips, long and short
Clear Canvas (if you want to create a sun catcher effect).
You could also use paper or a canvas if you prefer however.
PVA Glue/ Glue Stick
Plastic Plates

I used the laptop to get up a picture of Piets work to show her and asked if she would like to have a go at making some suncatchers using these colours. She was very excited and helped me set up the table for painting. She took charge of squeezing out the paint she needed. She loves doing this and makes less mess than I do!

I left the Artwork up on the laptop screen and she was ready to go.

I had already cut up the black paper into long and short strips to create the square and rectangular boxes for the base of the painting/suncatcher. Little N is currently learning how to use scissors and does a great job especially when using them with playdough. So it's not going to be long before she can take charge with the cutting too!

She began by placing the black strips onto her plate. She had the choice of PVA glue and a Glue Stick to stick the pieces of paper down. She opted for the glue stick which was actually much better. I was suprized at how well she did for her age. I let her stick the black strips of paper down as she pleased and she even used my scissors (under supervision of course) to trip the black piece of paper.

Here is a sneak peak at our Piet Mondrain inspired suncatchers against the beautiful blue sky before we set about painting them.

She took such care when painting her shapes! She did an excellent job!!

They made fantastic suncatchers and looked really effective!

Little N is really intrigued by colour mixing at the moment so using the Primary Colours allowed us to explore colour mixing after making our Piet Mondrain inspired suncatchers!

I love this age group! The smallest things make them super excited!

She was amazed at the different colours she could make by mixing just 3 colours!
We had great fun exploring this technique together.

I'm not sharing too much information about the artists at the moment as she is far too young for that but that doesn't mean she can't experiment with the techniques they use.

We are really excited to be taking part in Messy Little Monsters Exploring Famous Artists Painting Challenge this month! It's jam packed with some fabulous ideas for children of all ages, exploring the methods of a variety of famous artists.

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