Thursday, April 23, 2009

Klee's Castle

I really love the work of Paul Klee, if nothing else for the fact that his work has the childlike purity and joy to it. He also loved drawing cats when he was young and since feline appreciation runs deep in our house, it is all the more reason to love him!
My seven year old son draws cats all the time and would love to have one, but alas the great irony is that he is allergic to them!!!
So rather than cats, we will look at his castles! The projects below are based on these pieces above in his castle series. Don't they look like building blocks?

Well our projects were made with building blocks- of the cardstock template kind. Below you will find a PDF template you can print out to help in making these projects.

First we traced the shapes with pencil as we "built" our castles
from the bottom up.
We made sure to leave enough room for a sun in the sky-
just like Klee did.
The we outlined first in metallic marker and then
colored in with oil pastel.

My sample

By Anna Age 9

Why not make a standing castle city where you can host your own jousting tournaments?
Just build your castles on paper bags and then
they can stand all by themselves.
Be sure to build them on the smooth side of the bag
without the bottom paper fold-
that way your bag will lay flat while you are building it.

How big will your castle city be?

I used pencil and crayon for these.

My castle city is still under construction...

The circle that intersects the large rectangle will give you two semi-circles
and create the archway block

These projects were inspired by these projects at Art Projects for Kids
Castle 1
Castle 2


Heather - Dollar Store Crafts said...

I love your kids' artists projects!! Thanks for sharing!


littlecbsmom said...

I love these castles, I can't wait to try them with my boys! They did the monsters last week and they were really cute too! Thanks for all the fun ideas!

Katie Gonzalez said...

These look beautiful! We have been studying Klee lately too!