Let me introduce you to the Mondrian Cactus. This year's theme is Western, so I came up with a lesson that combines Mondrian with the Saguaro Cactus and Collage. It turned out great!
First I began by reading "The
Seed & The Giant Saguaro"by Jennifer Ward. Then we talked about the
artist Mondrian and how he used Geometric shapes, vertical and
horizontal lines, and primary colors in his work.
we traced around a cactus template. I gave the students glue sticks,
and pre-cut geometric shapes, and black lines. The students glued the
shapes and lines onto their cactus.
we cut out the cactus and glued them onto blue paper. We talked about
what a background was and what kinds of things lived in the desert.
Then I gave students oil pastels and the created their backgrounds.
The results were amazing! They did such a great job! Kudos Kinder and 1st grade!