In my class we have been looking at famous artists. I wanted to introduce a new artist every couple of weeks or so to the children. So far we have looked at Jackson Pollack and Claude Monet. I thought Piet Mondrian’s composition piece would be a nice task for my nursery children to achieve as it is a simple concept. We created a Mondrian Tuff Spot.
I first let them experiment by creating lines using a ruler and colouring in the blocks using felt tip pens. We then decided to do a whole class piece using our tuff tray.
I used masking tape to section off the tray into square and rectangle shapes. I then left white, black, yellow, blue and red paint out for the children to use. As soon as the children saw the activity several put on aprons and began painting straight away. They understood that they should keep within the tape and use different coloured paint for each section.
Some children were very methodical in their work and spent a long time thoughtfully painting their sections. After all sections had been finished we carefully removed the tape which left clean black lines between each section. The children were fascinated to see this as this is the first time we have used this technique. They were very eager for me to take a picture of their work and wanted to show other adults in the setting their work. “We did it together, we are artists,” said one little boy.
Our Mondrian Tuff Spot has definitely inspired me to create more art themed pieces with the children. Watch this space!
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Sarah is an Early Years teacher working in an international school in Cairo. She discovered small world tuff trays whilst pregnant with her second son Hamish. Since then she has regularly created them for her older son Findlay and also makes two or three a week for her nursery class.