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Mondrian and the good ole panty hose sculpture


Date: Sat Oct 09 2004 - 04:55:13 PDT

In a message dated 10/08/2004 4:02:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

This site has many homages to Mondrian. Some great ideas are in the Mondrian
Animal links, too.
Thanks for this site, Jan. I have another suggestion for a lesson using
Mondrian for a motivation:
Create Bunki's (or was it Sharon's original idea) panty hose sculpture.
Paint the whole sculpture white using tempera or acrylic, (even gesso will work).
Discuss Mondrian's use of primary colors and how he achieves balance through
the use of those colors. Then, ask the students to achieve this balance by
translating it to their sculptures with sections of red, blue, and yellow.
First, they need to divide the area of their sculptures with painted black lines,
then fill in areas with color to achieve this balance, leaving area of white as
well. As part of their plan, I encouraged my 5th graders to continually turn
their sculptures when they were deciding on a design and to write a "b", "r",
and "y" in pencil to designate that area of color.

Of course, the computer literately challenged Susan on Long Island doesn't
have any pictures to show you- sorry! But, trust me, they were all successful!
Every one got the concept behind Mondrian's genius use of color balance.