As promised, I am sharing the Mondrian Inspired Cross Canvas projects that we completed during our summer preschool art camp. I teased you above with our Red, White, and Blue themed art project in progress. Keep reading to see how that one turned out.
Most of our students painted every section of their canvases. I put out the colors one usually sees in Mondrian works, but a couple students got creative at the end and created a new color. I was not surprised since we did have color mixing practice during this camp and the new color was this student’s favorite color.
I did have a few students who were younger who had projects that looked like this one. I think they are very beautiful as well.
In order to make these cross canvases, we purchased the canvases from the local craft store. I used blue painters tape to tape off the cross design. Students used acrylic paints to paint their projects. We let them be finished whenever they said they were finished and asked again the next day if they wanted to add more if they had not painted the entire canvas. We were okay if they said they were finished then. No pressure, just fun.
Now what were we doing with that top photo of our work in progress?
I drew black lines on the black paper with sharpie marker. (For one student I drew in white crayon since the child has some vision issues. I could probably have used white crayon for all, but I was not sure how the project would turn out yet and did not know if the crayon would end up showing up.)
Students drew on the lines with colored glue bottles. I had red and blue glue ready for them.
After the glue lines were drawn they sprinkled red, white, and blue sand on the glue. We started out with small spoons, but then decided to just try using fingers and that worked just as well and kept some of them from going too overboard with the sand.
Finally, we shook off the extra sand and set it out to dry.
I had never done this particular fireworks craft before and was pleased with how it turned out and how it kept the students engaged. It even seemed pretty sturdy to take home once it dried.
Now that camp is over I have been busy working on new projects for my shop. Be sure to head over if you are thinking about the new school year already. If there is anything you don’t see that you would like, or a different color scheme, please feel free to contact me. July is my time to create.
My latest listing is below. Two more calendar sets and then I will set up a bundle for the year.