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. You can learn much more about Paul Klee at

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 lines. Draw two eyes that touch each other in the middle. Trace with a Sharpie marker, and color all heavily with oil pastels.
2. Paint over all with acrylic paint. I recommend one color to keep things simple. Let dry.
3. Use an old plastic card (like credit or gift card) to scrape the paint away. Keep scraping until the art shows through, but a bit of the paint color is left for an aged effect.

BEWARE: After completing this project with many classes, I’m finding that  at least one or two in each are really difficult to scrape the paint away. Maybe if the oil pastel is not colored too heavily, it keeps the paint from separating from the paper? I’m not sure, I just recommend tests and careful watch of kid’s coloring before painting.