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Paul Klee Art Lesson

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Lori Barber

on 6 March 2017

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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 your own
You will need:

watercolour paper
watercolour paint
paper towels
scissors
card tag
paintbrushes
mixing tray
pencil
First:
with the card tag, 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 cut-outs around your paper to create the "impression" of the image you are trying to convey
Consider the possibility of laying one shape over another to create a "composite" shape
continue to experiment and move shapes around until you are satisfied with the overall layout
Next:
When you have a sense of how you want your impression to look, trace around the shapes with your pencil.
You can move and trace the same shape more than once if that works for your impression

IMPORTANT: 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 you wish, or feel free to use colours straight out of the tube
with your paintbrush, 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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