Piet Mondrian Elementary Art Lesson Pre-K to 6th Grade

Josey’s Art School


Studying Art with the Masters


Robin Norgren, M.A.

Contemporary Art: Piet Mondrian


 Composition II








-In Piet Mondrian groundbreaking paintings of the 1920s, Mondrian strictly limited his color palette to black, white, and the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue.

-Mondrian attempted to represent the world through vertical and horizontal lines which to him represented the two opposing forces: the positive and the negative, the dynamic and the static, the masculine and the feminine.

-Mondrian was a founding member of De Stijl, an influential Dutch art movement that advocated pure abstraction to express a utopian ideal of universal harmony.


Source: http://fineartists.blogspot.com/2012/05/piet-mondrian-abstraction-and-his-trees.html


Materials needed

Pencil (to write the child’s name on the back of the work)

Black pen (optional)

8.5x11 piece of copy paper.  If you plan on painting the drawing it would be best to use a heavier grade paper.

This is a lesson that can be adapted in many ways depending on the age and skill level of your classroom. 

Optional: markers/crayons/colored pencils/watercolors- I am showing two examples: tempura paint with construction paper and ALL construction paper

Blue/red/yellow construction paper cut into rectangles

Blue/red/yellow tempura paint

Sponges cut into squares

Black construction paper cut into thin strips




Length of Time/Duration of project:

30-40 minutes

Prep work:

Gather the materials

Create a sample

Pre-cut construction paper rectangles and strips

Draw rectangles on white paper as a template for where to place the construction paper rectangles or sponge paint.

This should take no more than about 20 -30 minutes


1.   Take your piece of paper that you are using as the base for the project and write the child’s name on the back of the paper or let them write their names on their own.



2.   I am going to start with the painting option:  students use the paint and the sponges to stamp inside the rectangles on the page.