Paul Klee loved the innocence of children’s art. Often, he would use children’s art to inspire his own works. Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 Fig. 5
Paul Klee was an abstract artist. Objects and figures in abstract art look different from the way they look in real life. Fig. 6Fig. 7 Fig. 8
Sometimes you can see things in his paintings like numbers, letters, primitive symbols, & familiar objects. Fig. 9 Fig. 10 Fig. 11Fig. 12
Paul Klee loved bright colors. Most of his paintings are filled with beautiful and exciting colors. Fig. 13 Fig. 14 Fig. 15
Klee loved music. He was an expert violinist. He tried to paint the sounds and rhythmic patterns of musical instruments using shapes and colors. Fig. 16
Paul Klee used his imagination to create imaginary worlds. Fig. 17 Cliff Landscape with Palm Trees Fig. 18 Villa R Il Giardino del Tempio Fig. 19
Select a Project: 1.Take a line for a walk, or 2. Broken-window drawings. (skip ahead two pages for instructions) Fig. 20
Project 1: Take a Line for a Walk Fig. 21 1.Put the tip of a pencil somewhere on the paper, and begin drawing a line. Let the line travel up, down, to the sides, looping over itself, covering the full expanse of the paper. Try very hard not to lift the pencil off the paper, until your instructor says to lift it off. Klee said that drawing is like "taking a line for a walk.“ 2.Color in each segment using oil pastel crayons. Try to make each segment a different color than its neighbors, but don’t be upset if you can’t; the picture will be fine!
Project 2: Broken-window drawings. Fig. 22Fig. 23 1.Draw any animal or human figures in simple, blocky drawings. No line should be shorter than one half-inch, and no lines should come closer together than a half-inch unless intersecting. 2.Make a dot anywhere near the center of the page. 3.With a straight edge, draw radiating glass-crack lines outward from these dots to the edges of the paper, separated about the width of pizza slices.
Project 2: Broken-window drawings. Fig. 21Fig. 22 4. Run a glue stick over each glass-crack line. 5.Using oil pastel crayons, color in the drawings, making sure that each segment is a different color than its neighbors. The waxed crack lines should stop the crayon tips from slipping into its neighboring segment.