Kindergarten and first grade students are studying the work of Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian, who created abstract paintings classified as "De Stijl" or "the style" containing simplified compositions inspired by city maps. We are modeling Mondrian's style, learning about horizontal and vertical lines, geometric shapes, and primary colors. First students make studies, using rulers and crayons to map their own unique composition with precision.
Then, we print black vertical and horizontal lines, creating squares and rectangles which are later filled in with red, yellow, and blue oil pastels. Students are building craftsmanship skills, working with care and taking their time to make these mixed media works of art.
Welcome back to school! Instead of "hitting the books" we begin the year making sketchbooks, using the accordion fold and simple stitch techniques. We are also growing visual literacy skills through storytelling in art. Looking at works by Faith Rinngold, students engage in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) to think deeply and discuss as a group, how an artist effectively shares a message. Then, we fill the pages of our sketchbooks, using various materials to render the elements of art and draw stories from memory and imagination. The best part is sharing our work at the end of class, everyone eagerly displays their picture and tells their story!
Sketchbooks are a great place to practice art so I encourage students to utilize their new bookmaking techniques at home! Paper of any shape or size may be used to form a book; the sky is the limit, so be creative!
Look at Church Picnic Story Quilt by Faith Ringgold.
Read more about Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS).
Hello from the studio at Jacob G. Smith Elementary School! My name is Jillian Luse and I work with emerging artists in kindergarten through fifth grade. This is our online gallery, a space to share what we learn and create.