Friday, March 5, 2010

Happy Birthday Piet Mondrian!

This Sunday, March 7, we're celebrating a very special artist's birthday.

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) was an abstract artist born in the Netherlands. While he spent the greater part of his life in Europe, he came to America in his later years. Some of his American influences included jazz music and city life. Mondrian examined the way that order in art brings a balance to the universe. By using a palette that included only primary colors, vertical/horizontal black lines and simple shapes, Mondrian provides an excellent opportunity for our younger generation to learn through art.

On Sunday, we will be celebrating artist Piet Mondrian's birthday in the Program Room from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please join us Geo Art Collages and a Rulers Rule! activity and create your own interpretation of Mondrian's artwork!

Kids will learn to associate an artist with a style and be introduced to mathematical and scientific concepts including geometry and measurement. Through the process of creating we will be learning to identify the primary colors (red, blue and yellow) and the geometric shapes used most often by Mondrian (squares and rectangles). Geo Art collage will use the aesthetic of primary colored geometric shapes and black bands. The Rulers Rule! activity will highlight early math skills and explore the use of line in art.

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