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Paul Klee Castle Drawing

Paul Klee was an abstract artist who made lots of simple paintings that are fun to imitate. Students can create the look of his “Castle and Sun” painting by tracing geometric cardboard shapes, and then filling in with pencil crayons.

paul klee castle and sun

This drawing is a good example of many of the Elements of Art. It uses Lines to make Shapes, that are filled with lots of different Colors.


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  1. Make lots of shapes that were all based on 1″ proportions. My sample uses 2″ squares, 1″ x 2″ rectangles (some with triangle tops) 3″ x 2″ rectangles, a 3″ bridge, and a 2″ circle.
  2. Starting at the bottom, Stack and trace the cardboard shapes until they have built a castle to their liking. Add a sun somewhere in the sky.
  3. After the pencil drawing is done, trace all the pencil lines with a white colored pencil.
  4. Color the shapes with a colored pencil. Fill them in well to cover up all the black.

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