Fletcher Students Complete Artwork

Students in Miss Woodfield’s fourth-grade art classes at M.J. Fletcher Elementary School recently finished a large abstract piece of artwork. Students from Mrs. Baldwin, Mr. Leone, Mrs. Damon, Mrs. Marsh and Mrs. Zwald’s class worked collaboratively to design a piece of modern art. This piece reflects the work of Piet Mondrain, a Dutch painter, theorist and writer who was one of the founders of the Dutch modern movement De Stijl. Piet Mondrain’s artwork is recognized for the purity of his abstractions. In class, students were introduced to this lesson with a strong foundation on the concepts of shape, the use of a grid technique to divide shapes outlined with black horizontal and vertical grid lines and the history of the artist. Similarly to Mondrain, students had to simplify the elements to create a universal aesthetic language on their canvases. Student canvases were then assembled into a large collage of paintings demonstrating asymmetrical balance and a sense of modern art.