1st grade students are more excited than you can believe about painting. Almost every single time a 1st grade class walks into my room, some asks, "Are we going to paint today?" For this project, they got to do a lot of painting. We started the project by talking about the work of the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. We have already talked about geometric shapes earlier in the year, so the kids were excited to see some of those shapes in famous artwork. Another big emphasis with this project was talking about primary colors. Students started out by drawing out several shapes and painted them with primary colors. Later, they later glued on strips of black paper to finish the project.