“What you see is what you see” describes the minimalist work of Frank Stella. Using rulers, protractors, and compasses students are creating unique compositions filled with lines, shapes, and colors. This year we are beginning with the elements of art- laying a strong foundation for many creative projects ahead. I saw a friend of mine use this project at a neighboring school and decided to introduce it to my students; drawing and coloring to carefully fill the space can be equally fun and challenging.
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.
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.