Kindergarteners took turns painting colorful fish on a green background, which I modified into this abstract pond. Show a print of this picture as a sample and invite primary students to create a fish painting in tempera. (This one is acrylic on canvas.) Limit the colors to three or, at most, four.
I did this acrylic on canvas painting with school children at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts during Spring Art Week.
Based on the style of Mondrian, the piece provides an opportunity to review rectangles vs squares, large vs small, and color vs black and white. I used the color scheme to review the three primary colors. I also pointed out the fact that the addition of black lines and white rectangles makes the colors seem even brighter and more pure.
I encouraged students to make their own versions of this work in tempera on paper and to search for actual works by Mondrian either online, or in books of reproductions.