Oct 23, 2010

Paul Klee Style Portraits


This project is inspired by Swiss artist Paul Klee's (1879-1940) painting  'Senecio' (1922). My grade ones are learning about Paul Klee this term as their first introduction to a bit of art history.

We started by recreating this famous painting by drawing a Klee style face in pencil. (They traced a paper plate to get a decent circle).
Students then used a roller to apply some orange paint to their paper.
Once dry, the children used chalk pastels to add more colour and texture to their portraits and finally outlined their drawing with a black marker.


  1. These are so cool! Very imaginative way of interpreting the painting.

  2. I love the mixture of the media you chose!! It is even more impressive that these were done by such young children. I think I will try having a class apply the paint with brayers and add the pastels before the paint has dried finally and see what happens. thanks for sharing.

  3. Klee is great for introducing art history. I would like to try this!
    A question - how did the markers work when going over paint and pastels? Sometimes I find thatmarkers don't work well when going over other media. What kind of markers did you use?

    1. Hi BJ - this was a while ago but from memory we used Sharpies which are pretty good.


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