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 try NOT to create any patterns. And yes, a grid template is available below.
- View and download Klee Color Study Grid
- Card stock paper, white, 8.5″ x 11″
- Oil pastels, Portfolio brand 24 pack recommended for lots of color choices
- Print a grid paper for each students.
- Students chose one of two color groups: light / dark or warm / cool.
- They start by filling in each square in the center with an assortment of one group of colors. Example: either light or warm.
- When a center ring is looking full, they switch to the other color in their chosen group, and color the outside colors randomly with those.
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