Paul Klee was an important painter in the history of modern art. I have always been drawn to his colorful, abstract pictures. Children can relate to the simple geometric shapes and bold colors. His art has been related to Expressionism, Cubism and Surrealism.
Swiss artist Paul Klee painted the Castle and Sun with simplified shapes, but viewers can easily see the way the shapes form a castle or city-like scene. For this lesson, we are going to paint colorful swatches of color and cut them into geometric shapes. Then, we will assemble them to make a building, castle or city scene.
To start this project, look at some examples of Paul Klee’s artwork, such as the Castle and Sun and Cat and Bird. You can pick up the book The Cat and the Bird: A Children’s Book Inspired by Paul Klee which has many beautiful images reminiscent of his artwork.
Note: This blog post was sponsored by Dab and Dot Paint Markers, but all opinions and ideas are my own.
Grade Level: K-3
- Thick white paper
- Dab and Dot Paint Markers
- Watercolor paints
- Brushes and cup of water
- Glue sticks
2. You can combine the dotters with watercolor paints. Paint patterns, solid colors, stripes or designs with the watercolors. Here I have painted purple watercolor stripes and some watercolor washes on top of the dots.
Here is an example by my daughter who is in Kindergarten. She used some of the shapes I had cut out and then she cut out her own. She had the idea to use some of our scrapbook paper. I think her picture is really fun! She even wanted to cut out that strip of blue for the sky. The blue strip of sky at the top really is a developmental thing!