Art education, inspiration and encouragement for children and parents in Arlington, VA
Welcome to Art at the Art League, Madison Building, Room #5 Behind the Blue Door.
This semester I am taking a different approach to our lessons. Instead of jumping all over the place trying something brand new in each class, I decided to try having a focus. This semesters focus will be on Piet Mondrian and his early work.
Here is a website with some information on Mondrian. .http://www.piet-mondrian.org/
Most people know Mondrian for his straight lines, and primary colored rectangles and squares. What they don't realize is how he got to that stage. To Mondrian those vertical and horizontal lines and shapes of his later, most popular work developed upon his belief that under all physical structures there is a very simple more spiritual structure. That's a little much for a 5-8 year old to grasp but as an adult, it's an informative fact.
We begin the semester looking at line in general as it is the foundation to art. Lines are everywhere: trees, roads, furniture all have or are made up of lines. Being aware of our environment and being able to see things we didn't notice before is all part of being an observant artist.
Creating the most variety of types of line possible is a creative process. We did our best in class to make, thick/thin, long/short, curvy/straight, lines. We stretched our imaginations to come up with a language of line we can use in the art to come.
Jean Frank Stark
I make art and have taught to children for over 20 years.