Teaching Piet Mondrian “Lines”

Great Art along with fine motor, math and spatial awareness.


We explore lines constantly – horizontal, vertical, diagonal.  We look for them, create them, and manipulate them.  Lines are everywhere – letters, art, the classroom, and the playground…The art of Mondrian is a great way to see the simplicity of lines being transformed into great art.

Create your own lines.

Have the children place rubber bands across the cardboard in different directions.  This will create lines and shapes and strong fingers.



Place plates of paints with primary colors to paint the areas created.  Mathematical vocabulary fits nicely into the discussion here (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, above, below, inside, outside, beside).


After paint is dried, remove the rubber bands.  Voila…Mondrian would be proud.


Tape Relief Art

Supplies needed:


Painters Tape

Tempra Paint

Sponges, brushes, little hands

  Step 1: We started by creating a lighter color paint. What color blue becomes when mixed with white?

The excitement of a simple transformation was amazing.  Have to remember...less is more.

Step 2:  Using burlap adds another texture to the experience.  For those sensory seekers, it increases the sensory input they need.  Simply tape your design (here we did a landscape of flowers) onto the burlap. For stability, tape it to the table.  

Step 3:  Paint away. Brushes, sponges, hands.  

Step 4: Dry and remove tape.

Step #2 More Color

Kid: "We need more color?"

My response: "What do you need?"  

Kid: "Paint! Lots of paint!"

Me: "Paint, it is!"

Let the kids be in control of their art. Their art is much better than anything I imagine. In fact, my imagination should not be imposed on their art.








Learning about Kandinsky and sneaking in emotions, math, fine motor and spatial awareness at the same time.


We talk about who Wassily Kandinsky was and how he related color to music.  Then we explore how he used color to express emotions.  As we listen to music and use color to describe the sounds we hear and often the discussion turns to how different colors make us feel.  For the art project, construction paper is divided into 6 squares.  Place plates of paint with several colors and multitude of things that will make circle shapes (yogurt containers, cups, caps, corks…).  It is a great time to discuss positional words (inside, outside, beside, under, …) and relational words (small, medium, large).


 Let the creation of “Concentric Circles” begin.


Paul Klee "Head of Man"

A fine motor activity and lesson in art, artists, shapes, colors and how to use a ruler to create straight lines.After learning who Paul Klee was and his style of art, the children make their own "Head of Man". Working one-on-one during the first phase, each child is given a piece of paper with a circle drawn on it. They practice using a ruler and create horizontal and vertical lines and then add shapes for the eyes and nose. To complete Head of Man, tissue paper cut into small squares covers the face and border using watered-down glue.

Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee were friends.  Pairing their work together gives an opportunity to learn about Art as well as the importance of friendships.