Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Virtual Refrigerator - A Mondrian Memory

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Welcome to the Virtual Refrigerator art link-up! Thank you for joining us as we share what we're creating in our homeschools. We cordially invite you to add your link sharing artwork that's on your Virtual Refrigerator and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges too! The Virtual Fridge link-up is open all month, with anchor posts planned for each Wednesday (although during the summer, that may not always happen!).

My artist is working a summer job, so I'm digging up some cool projects from our Virtual Fridge archives for the next few weeks. Once we're back to a regular school schedule, I hope I'll have new art from her to display, but to be honest she's not planning on doing Art for credit, so it will depend how much time she has to dabble in it as a hobby. If you're a fairly regular contributor to the Virtual Fridge, would you be interested in joining in as a co-host? If that sounds appealing to you, please email me for more information.

A couple of years ago, the Virtual Fridge hosts presented some artist studies, and we picked some modern artists to feature during our month. The first one we looked at was a favorite of Kennady's - Piet Mondrian. He was a Dutch artist who lived and worked in Netherlands, in Paris, in London, and in New York City. He started out painting landscapes and still life, then after being introduced to cubism, his style changed and eventually became very abstract and different from other artists. His ideas of abstract art were even simpler than focusing on colors, shapes, and designs. He refined his art to grids of lines and primary colors, which he called 'Neo-Plasticism'. He and a small group of like-minded artists founded an art movement known as De Stijl and applied these ideas to architecture and industrial design.

Mondrian's simple and striking style has been extremely influential in modern art and design.  Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow is probably the best known example of his work. This is Composition V, which we viewed at the Baltimore Museum of Art. See more about our field trip here: Baltimore Museum of Art)

Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #virtualfridge
Composition V by Piet Mondrian, 1927.
Baltimore Museum of Art
Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #virtualfridge

Here's the simple Mondrian inspired project that we featured two years ago. It could be done by artists of all ages and abilities. (Very young artists should have an adult help them, though!)

Open up a cardboard cereal box and trim the edges, then use a straight edge to draw vertical and horizontal lines on the back of the box. Cut strips of corrugated cardboard and glue them onto the patterns.

Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #virtualfridge

Cover the cardboard with heavy duty aluminum foil. Use a glue stick or brush white glue all over the dull side of the foil and then smooth it down over the cardboard. Use a felt square or a washcloth to rub and smooth the foil down so the grid pattern is in relief. Be especially careful not to slice the foil as you press against the cardboard strips. Then use a black permanent marker to color the grid.

Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #virtualfridge

Use red, blue, and yellow permanent marker to color in a few of the squares. Use permanent marker, like Sharpie, so that the color doesn't rub off the foil. Even so, be careful where you place your hand, and we recommend giving each color a few minutes to 'set' before doing the next, or touching it.

Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #virtualfridge

Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #virtualfridge

Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #virtualfridge
Composition in Foil and Marker by KAT, August 2015

Art is not made for anybody and is, at the same time, for everybody. ~Piet Mondrian

De Stijl - Blogging Through the Alphabet on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Piet Mondrian was a founding member of De Stijl, a Dutch art movement. #ABCBlogging #art  #Mondrian

This post is adapted from my original Virtual Fridge post on August 6, 2015 - Virtual Refrigerator - Piet Mondrian - and my original Blogging Through the Alphabet post on February 12, 2017 - De Stihl.

Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #virtualfridge

De Stijl - Blogging Through the Alphabet on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Piet Mondrian was a founding member of De Stijl, a Dutch art movement. #ABCBlogging #art  #Mondrian

There's a full lesson based on Piet Mondrian's Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow in the Everyday Easels section of SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

Everyday Easels art lessons at SchoolhouseTeachers.com

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