Piet Mondrian at the heart of the visual arts in CM2A

Piet Mondrian at the heart of the visual arts in CM2A

As part of their art lessons, pupils in CM2 A visited the K20 Art Museum to discover the painter Piet Mondrian and his work.
The museum shows the artist’s career from his early naturalistic compositions to his later abstract works.

In class, all the students challenged their imaginations and came up with their own Mondrian-style animal keychains.

Abla and Léonore Erell and Maïlys tell us :

“Here are the different stages of our project:

1. First, we drew the outline of our favorite animal on a piece of scrap paper.

2. Then we cut out the animal.

3. We received a piece of hardening modelling clay which we flattened.

4. We placed our cut-out animal on the hardening paste and cut it out with a small plastic knife.
We now had our modeled animal.

5. We’ve made a hole in our realization.

Read on to find out why!

6. While we waited for the dough to harden, we traced perpendicular and parallel lines on “our draft animal” (using ruler and square) in the manner of Mondrian.

7. We colored the quadrilaterals with the primary colors red, blue and yellow using a felt-tip pen.

And now we had our model ready to reproduce on our hardening paste!

8. After leaving for a day or two (the dough had to harden!), we carefully reproduced this model as accurately as possible on our modelled animal.

And here’s our final step: we made little Brazilian cords (in our favorite colors) and slipped them into the hole.

And here’s the job!”

I construct lines and color combinations on flat surfaces to express, with the utmost awareness, overall beauty. – Piet Mondrian – the painter capable of sublimating reality through the sheer force of geometric lines and the primary colors of red, yellow and blue.

Théophile and Matthias tell us:

We went by streetcar to see the Piet Mondrian exhibition at the K20 in Düsseldorf.
Our guide was bilingual.

We discovered the painting New York City 1, which has been hanging upside down for 77 years.
If we were to turn the canvas upside down now, gravity would pull it in another direction, so the work will continue to hang upside down.

We went to a room where we could manipulate tape to make art on the walls and heard boogie-woogie music.
You can recognize the rhythm of this music in the painting Broadway Boogie-Woogie 1942.
This work reflects the artist’s fascination with the theme of the city, but also with the energy of rhythms.

Mondrian was influenced by Fauvism and Vincent van Gogh, as evidenced by the painting “The Red Tree” 1908-1910.

What also amazed us was that Mondrian not only painted geometric shapes, but also beautiful landscapes in different seasons.

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