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As I shared recently, 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.

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THE BAG THAT INSPIRED THE PAUL KLEE ARTIST STUDY

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.

Art can evolve into a full curriculum covering a range of subjects. Check out this artist study and resulting Paul Klee inspired curriculum as an example!

 

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).

PLANNING

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.

Art can evolve into a full curriculum covering a range of subjects. Check out this artist study and resulting Paul Klee inspired curriculum as an example!

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.

“Rainbow Squares”

Art can evolve into a full curriculum covering a range of subjects. Check out this artist study and resulting Paul Klee inspired curriculum as an example!

THE CURRICULUM SUMMARY

Here is the outline of our Paul Klee inspired curriculum, broken down by subject areas.

ART
– planning, sketching, and painting with acrylics

SCIENCE
– mixing colours for the orange (we didn’t have orange acrylic paint)
– discussion of rainbows in relation to the artwork my daughter created

MATH
– patterns (creating a core and repeating it)

SOCIAL STUDIES
– 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)

LANGUAGE ARTS
– 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.

Colour is the place where our brain and the universe meet.

Paul Klee

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.

 



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Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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