I decided to start my February Valentine-themed lessons early this year! So here are the first crop of 'love' themed artworks to share. My Grade 3's made these Mondrian style hearts. The project was inspired by THIS post on the Mrs. T's First Grade Class blog.
Instead of a template, my Grade 3's made their own heart on black paper by folding the paper in half then drawing half a heart shape. They used this heart template to create a slightly smaller one on white paper. Using a ruler and pencil, they drew horizontal and vertical lines, aiming to create a variety of different sized rectangles and squares. (We had looked at a slideshow of Mondrian's work to get an idea of his style and discuss the concept of non-objective art).
Once the lines were mapped out, students chose which ones to colour in the primary colours as well as black. We used wax crayons for this step; tempera paint or oil pastels would also work very well.
Once coloured, I had pre-cut a whole bunch of 1/2" strips of black construction paper using my paper cutter- fast and efficient :) Students glued these down covering their pencil lines and trimming the edges afterward. Then they glued them onto their black heart which created a nice frame/border.
This project took about 2 - 4 minute periods for all students to complete.
Some of the Grade 3 results:
Any students who finished really early could do a second one but using colours of their choice- I love this one!