Painting in the Style of Mondrian
Children work individually or in pairs to produce a composition in the style of Mondrian. Their work
is guided by looking at and discussing examples of Mondrian's work.
The sample provides an example of a child's work.
Age group: 6 - 7 years
QCA Scheme of Work – Unit 2B, Creating pictures
Colour Magic (green level)
Colour Magic is a flexible painting, drawing and image-editing package.
To learn that ICT can be used to create pictures and makes it easy to correct mistakes
To be able to use the line and rectangle tools and flood fill to create a picture
20 minutes to create the picture after looking at Mondrian's work and discussing it
Children look at examples of the work of Mondrian, for example, Composition in Blue and White or
Opposition of Lines, Red and Yellow. They discuss the main features of Mondrian's style –
horizontal and vertical lines, primary colours and white space. Pictures of these paintings can be
found on the Internet, for example in RM's Living Library.
The children then use the straight line tool, the rectangle tool and the solid fill tool in the green level
of Colour Magic to create a picture in the style of Mondrian. You may need to demonstrate these
tools before they begin. The children might like to experiment with using the symmetry tools and
see what effects this helps them to achieve. They can turn the different symmetry tools on or off
half way through a picture so that part of the picture can be symmetrical and other areas not. For
example, they could use the symmetry tool while drawing the lines and then turn it off to fill areas of
the picture with colour.
The class could discuss which colours in the palette are primary colours that Mondrian might have
used, and which are not. Is there a difference in the kind of colours that we see in paint and in
areas of colour on a computer screen?
Extending the activity
The children can experiment with making warm colour pictures, cool colour pictures and pictures in
which one colour stands out from the rest. They could also try using different fills and different kinds
of line to alter the style of their Mondrian pictures. What effect does this have?
Modifying the activity
The tools in Colour Magic can be used to work in the style of many different artists, for example,
using the line tool to work in the style of Jackson Pollock's Yellow Islands or the shape tools to
create a picture in the style of Kandinsky.