Paul Klee was born into a musical family, but chose to be an artist. For more than 40 years, he created art that displayed his love for color, line, music, and children’s artwork. One things for sure, Paul Klee would love our interpretation of his, “Castle and sun.” We learned that Paul Klee created abstract art which means art that does not attempt to represent recognizable reality but seeks to achieve it’s effect using shapes, form, color, and texture.
We began this lesson by playing. Each table was given a set of blocks to use, with the goal of working together to build something. When all the blocks had been used, we went around the room to share what we had made. I heard things like castles, bridges, and skyscrapers.
Paul Klee, Castle and sun, 1928
Before we were given the title of this (above) painting, students used there observational skills to share what they saw. We noticed shapes and lines, and colors and even took a guess at the subject matter.
We used Paul Klee’s quotes, “A line is a dot that went for a walk.” to get started drawing the roof line of our castle. Next, we drew the doors and windows of our castle. We learned that they can vary in size and shape, and even looked at Paul Klee’s shapes for inspiration. Using our black oil pastel, we also created flags on the top of our castle. Then, we used vertical lines (up and down) and horizontal lines (across, left to right) to divide and create shapes inside our castle. We used brand new chalk pastels to add colors inside our shapes. Students loved blending colors and learning how to control his magical medium.
Here is a look at 2B-D’s castles, 2C will get started on this project this Friday! Since the Book Fair is beginning this week, and the theme is “Sir Readalot’s Castle,” these 2nd grade castles will look great on display. Look out for 2C’s castle creations coming soon.