As I shared yesterday, I have been making changes to our homeschool curriculum. One of these changes involves looking for more organic ways to incorporate learning into our everyday encounters.
At the beginning of the year, I decided to have periodic studies of famous artists. Unfortunately, my plans were quickly derailed because my efforts were all too teacher-directed. However, the exploration of our artist for September (Paul Klee) was reignited as a result of a nature walk last week.Check out this Paul Klee inspired curriculum! #homeschooling #art Click To Tweet
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The Bag That Ignited The Project
My daughter was filling a bag with leaves when she excitedly told me, “Mommy, I think Paul Klee made this bag because look at all the lines between the colours!” Indeed, this is reflective of some of Paul Klee’s artwork.
So we dug up some library books about Paul Klee.
My daughter was fascinated by his work. She especially loved the artwork which showcased strong black lines and bright colours.
Learning About The Artist
We explored and learned so much about his life. We discovered that he was born in Switzerland, created over 9000 pieces of art and loved to play the violin. He was a teacher, poet, musician, and philosopher.
After all this exploration, my daughter decided to create another Paul Klee inspired painting (she had made one back in September). However, this time, she wanted it to be “really real” (painted on canvas as opposed to paper).
My daughter was fascinated by Paul Klee’s painting entitled, Grieving. The repetitive squares of different colours caught her attention. She decided she wanted her painting to have lots of squares. So she got out a square Duplo block and started tracing her squares onto the canvas. Then she outlined the squares with black paint.
Upon letting the dozens of squares dry, she began to paint them in. She was intent on having a pattern to her colours and was very methodical about every colour she added to the painting.
She worked so hard on her painting and took great pride in the finished product. We hung the painting above our kitchen table and I am thoroughly in love with the newest piece of artwork in our home.
“Colour is the place where our brain and the universe meet.” ~ Paul Klee
The Curriculum Summary
Here is the outline of our Paul Klee inspired curriculum, broken down by subject areas.
– planning, sketching, and painting with acrylics
– mixing colours for the orange (we didn’t have orange acrylic paint)
– discussion of rainbows in relation to the artwork my daughter created
– patterns (creating a core and repeating it)
– read about Switzerland (where Paul Klee was from); discussed the timezone of Switzerland in relation to Alberta
– discussed our art gallery which is located downtown (and where that is in relation to where we live)
– read lots of books about Paul Klee (there’s even a children’s storybook entitled: The Cat and the Bird: A Children’s Book Inspired by Paul Klee)
An additional resource to investigate is Artsy’s page on Paul Klee. It has Klee’s bio, over 30 of his works, exclusive articles, as well as up-to-date Klee exhibition listings.
We will probably continue to explore Paul Klee’s work for the next couple of months. He has become a fascinating artist to both my daughter and myself.