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Paul Klee Art Lesson

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Lori Barber

on 22 May 2013

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Transcript of Paul Klee Art Lesson

"Senecio"
1922 Senecio means "old man." This painting uses simple shapes to depict a human head with a slightly unusual face.
What shapes can you see? Castle and Sun, 1928 This picture is all bright colours and simple shapes - squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles. Paul Klee ("klay") was a German artist who wanted his pictures to look simple, as if a child had made them. Paul Klee
1879-1940 "An Insight into the Town"
1917 Do you get the feeling of a town from this painting? Klee's pictures don't show things clearly, they give impressions. Playing With Pictures Klee created his paintings with a sense of fun.

"A drawing," he said, "is simply a line going for
a walk."

After drawing the lines, he moved onto colours
and shades, adding and removing things until
he thought the work felt balanced, or "right." Paint a town You will need:

watercolour paper
watercolour paint
paper towels
scissors
cardboard
paintbrushes
mixing tray
pencil
table cover First: cut out several simple shapes of random sizes. Perfect symmetry is NOT necessary!
Consider cutting some of your standard shapes in half to add variety


Begin laying the shapes around your paper to create the buildings of your town
Consider the possibility of laying one shape over another to create a "composite" shape Next: When you have a sense of how you want your town to look, trace around the shapes with your pencil.


Leave a 1 or 2 millimetre space between each shape Next: decide on a colour theme: Bright & sassy? Muted and relaxing? Cool or warm?
begin mixing colours, if necessary

trace the outline of a shape and then fill it with a watery wash of colour.
While the first shape dries, use the same colour to paint a few more shapes in other areas of your painting
when you feel like there is enough of one colour on your painting, move on to a new colour.
consider using OPPOSITE colours in close proximity to each other to make your painting "pop"
consider using more than one colour in some of your shapes Next: In a free space, paint a sun.
consider NOT painting the sun in a corner!
consider using different tones to make the sun "glow" Next: add a darker wash of colour for the background.
carefully paint the background colour between the shapes

sign, date, and title your painting when it's dry.
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