First graders began this project by learning about the artist, Piet Mondrian. He created paintings using straight lines and geometric shapes. As a class, we brainstormed which different shapes and colors we recognized in Mondrian's paintings.
After the brainstorming stage, the students had a chance to create their own Mondrian inspired collage. They glued strips of black paper to a large white background and then chose some shapes to color in with oil pastels. I emphasized blending with their fingers so that the oil pastels looked more like paint and thus more like Mondrian's work.