Paintings of trees by the Dutch painter Piet Mondriaan show the development of realistic painting to abstract painting clearly. The red tree (1908) is a realistic painting, Mondriaan painted what he saw.
The grey tree (1911) is more abstract, but the shape of the tree can still be seen.
The apple tree (1912) doesn't look like a tree anymore, unless you see this one together with the former paintings.
- black construction paper
- scissors and glue
- coloured paper
- ruler and pencil
After showing the paintings of Mondriaan, kids have to make their own abstract artwork out of a realistic one. Children draw a line halfway their black sheet. Then they have to cut three or four double bottles out of coloured paper. Glue the bottles on the top piece of the black sheet. Cut the remaining bottles into pieces and glue them on the bottom of the sheet.