Paul Klee was a Swiss artist, born in 1879. He was an intellectual painter and teacher influenced by Cubism, Expressionism and Surrealism. Klee taught at the famous Bauhaus from 1921-1931 with fellow artist Kandinsky. Klee was an accomplished musician and this influenced his work, he often played the violin to warm up before painting in his studio.
Klee challenged boundaries in art by using symbols, hieroglyphs, poetry and language. Like Picasso, he drew inspiration from the simplicity of children’s artwork. He often experimented with materials and processes, especially the application of paint. The art activities in this unit focus on geometry, shape, colour and line. These elements will be explored through drawing, painting and construction.
Suitable for Victorian Curriculum Levels:F – 6
Kylie began her professional career working on special exhibitions at the NGV including the Van Gogh, Brett Whitely and Matisse exhibitions. Her passion for people, art and culture saw her become a dedicated traveller. For over ten years she balanced working as a secondary art teacher, travelling and working in galleries. During this time Kylie worked for the TATE Gallery in London on several major shows, including the Mondrian and Turner shows.
Kylie now balances her time between teaching, making art and working as a consultant for Zart. She is currently working on a new Zart Online Professional Learning Series and travels internationally to present Professional learning workshops.
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Paul Klee – Online Learning Module 1:Tonal Painting & Abstraction
Explore line and layering transparent colour to create a painting that combines drawing, portraiture and abstraction. Based on Klee’s work Senecio.
Paul Klee – Online Learning Module 2: Senecio
Create a 3 Dimensional bust sculpture based on Klee’s painting Senecio. This activity explores constructing an armature: joining methods, weight, balance and combining different media and materials.
Paul Klee – Online Learning Module 3: Fish Magic
Explore and experiment with different mark making effects using food dye and mineral paper. This activity brings together drawing and painting techniques with a focus on play and expanding one’s knowledge around materials.
Paul Klee – Online Learning Module 4: Homage to Ad Parnassum, 1932
Create a mixed media homage to Klee’s AD PARNASSUM using a variety of materials, skills and methods in image construction. Students will explore collage, drawing, painting and design.
Paul Klee – Online Learning Module 5: Klee Puppets
Explore Klee’s world of puppets. It is not well known, but Paul Klee made over fifty puppets for his son. This activity uses this area of the artist’s practice as a catalyst to explore sculpture and construction. Students will create a giant finger puppet using similar materials and construction techniques as the artist.