Paul Klee Castle

Paul Klee was one of the great colorists in the history of painting. I developed this project that imitates his abstract “Castle and Sun” painting by having students trace cardboard shapes and fill them in with colored pencils. MATERIALS • Black paper, card stock is preferred • Chip board for cutting squares and triangles • Colored pencils DIRECTIONS PREP: I made lots of shapes that were all based on 1″ proportions. My sample uses 2″ squares, … Read More

Paul Klee Line Drawing

I made a “How to Draw like Paul Klee” tutorial to guide students in a continuous line drawing that would look a lot like Klee’s famous painting. This drawing is made by following the “up” and “down” and “over” directions shown on my diagram page. The fact that the finished art will look a lot like a famous Klee painting means a little art history may addressed as well. You can learn much more … Read More

Color Study, Paul Klee Style

Paul Klee (1879 – 1940) was an modern art master who fell in love with color after a visit to Tunisia. I love his “Ancient Harmony” painting (above) that twinkles with light and dark patches of color. Students can follow his idea for a fun color study by choosing two groups (light/dark, warm/cool colors) and have one encircle the other. It’s fun to arrange the colors in a random sort of way, and actually … Read More

How to Draw Like Paul Klee

I made this “How to Draw like Paul Klee” tutorial to guide students in a continuous line drawing that would look a lot like Klee’s famous painting. This drawing is made by following the “up” and “down” and “over” directions shown on my diagram page. The fact that the finished art will look a lot like a famous Klee painting means a little art history may addressed as well. You can learn much more … Read More

How to Draw like Paul Klee

I made this “How to Draw like Paul Klee” tutorial to guide students in a continuous line drawing that would look a lot like Klee’s famous painting. This drawing is made by following the “up” and “down” and “over” directions shown on my diagram page. The fact that the finished art will look a lot like a famous Klee painting means a little art history may addressed as well. You can learn much more … Read More

Scratch Away Klee

Paul Klee was a Swiss/German painter of abstract art. His Senecio painting is made of simple geometric shapes, and is a lot of fun to imitate. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Black Sharpie marker • Oil pastels • Acrylic paint • Old plastic gift card DIRECTIONS 1. Trace a round shape like a dish to make a large round circle in the middle of the paper. Add a neck and mouth using only straight … Read More

Paul Klee City on Acetate

Paul Klee’s City Painting is the perfect picture to try with acetate and oil pastels. Simple shapes yet rich colors on a dark background. A pretty potent combination. MATERIALS • Acetate, 8.5″ x 11″ • Copy paper • Download Grid Paper • Black Sharpie marker • Black card stock paper • Oi pastels (I prefer the Portfolio brand for their smooth coloring) DIRECTIONS PREP: Download a grid paper linked above. Print one on white … Read More

Paul Klee Castle Drawing

Paul Klee was one of the great colorists in the history of painting. I developed this project that imitates his abstract “Castle and Sun” painting by having students trace cardboard shapes and fill them in with colored pencils. MATERIALS • Black paper, card stock is preferred • Chip board for cutting squares and triangles • Colored pencils DIRECTIONS PREP: I made lots of shapes that were all based on 1″ proportions. My sample uses 2″ squares, … Read More

Oil Pastel Klee Portrait

Paul Klee was a Swiss artist from the early 1900’s who liked to turn things into simple geometric shapes. This project is based on his “Head of A Man” a classic example of his philosophy. You can learn much more about Paul Klee at Artsy.net. MATERIALS • Chip board for template • Drawing paper, 9″ x 12″, brown or tan • Ruler • Sharpie marker • Oil pastels DIRECTIONS 1. Make a 7″ round … Read More

Paul Klee Oil Pastel Cityscape

I love the way oil pastels look on a sheet of acetate, backed with a nice black piece of construction paper. Paul Klee’s City Picture can a lot of fun to imitate in this style with just a few aids. MATERIALS • White paper with grid for guide lines • Acetate • Oil Pastels • Black Sharpie marker • Black card stock paper • Invisible Tape DIRECTIONS 1. Print a background grid paper white paper … Read More

Paul Klee Portrait

Paul Klee was a Swiss artist from the early 1900’s who liked to turn things he saw into simple geometric shapes. His “Head of A Man” is a classic example of his philosophy. You can learn much more about Paul Klee at Artsy.net.   MATERIALS • Multimedia Paper • Circle template (optional) • Crayon, dark color • Tissue paper, bleeding type • Water, paint brush   DIRECTIONS 1. In the center of a 9″ … Read More

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