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Copy of Paul Klee - Continuous Line drawing & Oil transfer technique

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Felicia Wong

on 10 September 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Paul Klee - Continuous Line drawing & Oil transfer technique

Lesson objectives

To be able to identify and demonstrate
continuous line drawing

To know that Swiss/German artist Paul Klee experimented with continuous line drawing and developed the 'oil transfer' printing process.
To demonstrate understanding
of the oil transfer or trace monotype printing technique.
To create 2 or more Portraits using continuous line drawing and the printing process.
Paul Klee
Paul Klee (born 1879, Münchenbuchsee, near Bern, died 1940, Muralto, near Locarno) was a Swiss / German painter who was one of the foremost artists of the 20th century.

Paul Klee
Or The Mocker Mocked (Oder der verspottete Spötter), 1930

Continuous line drawing is when the artist draws the subject without ever lifting their drawing instrument off the paper.  It is a common drawing exercise for artists as it trains the eye and hand to work as a team, and it helps the artist to see all of the details of the object.

Paul Klee created Continuous Line
Drawings. Here is an example...

Create a Continuous Line Drawing

After observing your partner's face and looking critically at the contours (edges) decide where you want to start.
Move your eyes and hand slowly.
(You may want to complete more than one portrait - take turns with your partner.)
You will have up to 5 minutes to create your portrait.

Task 1 :

Oil transfer or trace monotype printing
Paul Klee 'Twittering Machine
(Die Zwitscher-Maschine)', 1922.
Oil transfer drawing on paper
with watercolor and ink.

Paul Klee developed this uncommon technique in the 1920’s (artist Paul Gauguin first practiced it 20 years earlier). The artist traces an original drawing over a sheet layered with oil paint or printing ink, transferring the image onto a support. Klee experimented with different media (especially water colour) to first prepare the support before tracing the image.
Grade 9
March 28th 2012
'Continuous Line drawing,
Paul Klee & Oil Transfer.'

Task 2 :
Transfer your image
using trace monotype printing

If the layer of ink is too thick your image will be unclear and blotchy. If your layer is too thin your line will be too light. Trial & error is necessary!

1. Place your portrait to one side.
2. Using a palette knife apply a layer of oil paint or printing ink across the top of a sheet of newspaper.
3. Using a hard piece of card or plastic, scrape the ink down the sheet of paper until all the surface is covered. Scrape over any excess ink.
4. Place sheet ink/oil down over a clean sheet of paper, then place portrait over the top.
5. Using a sharpened pencil, trace over your line portrait.
6. Peel off your portrait to reveal your new work of art.
7. Examine work and determine whether another should be attempted.

Assessment Criteria Card:
Technical skills
Student has demonstrated understanding of the process:
1. Pencil line is non stop and fluid.
2. Shows ability to control the Oil paint and create an interesting Oil transfer.
3. Student has completed further independant exploration (e.g: continuous line drawing of other object, working into Oil transfer with other media)

Understanding of Key Concepts
Student has:
1. Contributed to class discussion.
2. The ability to give definition of Continuous line drawing & the Ink transfer/ Monotype printing process.
3. Appreciated connection between Paul Klee and both processes.

Questions to consider:

Group discussion and peer observation of work
Artists like Paul Klee helped develop and break new grounds in the art world by being inventive in their methods and techniques. Experimenting with combining media, which had not previously been common.
'Ancient Sound, Abstract on Black' - 1925
'Timbalero', 1940.
Following discussion with your partner complete this checklist:
Has the artist sucessfully represented the model's face? Is there a likeness? Are the lines too distracting or do they create interesting spaces in the work?

Has the Oil Transfer been a success? Why? What role do any 'marks' left elsewhere on the paper by the ink play? Are they mistakes or do they create a uniqueness to the work?

How would you describe the line in the print? Heavy? Blotchy? Blurry? Fuzzy? Unique?

"A line is a dot that goes for a walk." - Paul Klee
"The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract." -- Paul Klee
FACT: MONOtype printing is a method of printing where only ONE unique artwork is made instead of a series as with other printng techniques.
Work into print with other media (chalk pastels, colour pencil).
Create another continuous line drawing of an object.
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