Made by a student of grade 3
- drawing sheet A2 size
- tempera paint
- black marker
- coloured wallpaper
Paul Klee (1879 – 1940) is a German/Swiss painter. His work belongs to modern art. Klee developed mainly as an autodidact and left more than 9000 artworks. In 1912 he saw the work of Picasso and Malevich and met Robert Delaunay, who believed colour is the most important element in a painting. After a trip to Tunisia in 1914 Klee started to paint more colorful and abstract. He painted landscapes, portraits, animals, mythology, mysterious machines. In his work he combined abstract and figurative shapes. Klee 's work cannot be described in one single word. Surrealism, cubism, abstraction are terms which are applicable to his paintings. He is classified by expressionism. (Source: Wikipedia)
Show the painting 'The man with the big mouth' on the digital board. Write 'yes' on the left and 'no' on the rigth. Type the following sentences on the board:
- He has a big mouth
- His nose is exactly as long as his chin
- He has curls
- He can smell good
- He is afraid
- His nose looks like a knife
- The eyes are blue
- He doesn't seem nice
- He looks pissed off
- He has no ears
- He has white teeth
- His face is composed of puzzle pieces
- The colours are bleak
- I only see bright colors
Have students drag the sentences one by one to the right spot.
The students draw a face from the side. The nose has to be as long as the chin. Draw two eyes. Divide the face in surfaces. Colour each part with tempera using only mixed colours just like Paul Klee did. Only the eyes should be painted in clear blue.
Wait until the work is dry and outline all color patches with a black marker. Cut and paste the artwork on a coloured piece of wallpaper.
This project was done in grade 3/4. For higher grades: draw the face with only one line, so without lifting the pencil.
Source : Paul Klee voor kinderen, by Birgit Brandenburg