The magical worlds of Paul Klee

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Copying freehand an artwork of Paul Klee is a joyful experience, detached from any worry of resemblance to reality. What we experience is the playful sense of childlike drawing, free from a rational draft.
Each student, in a class of Grade 6, have copied an artwork of Paul Klee, drawing the main lines without bothering to copy them faithfully, but interpreting the drawing freely. Even the watercolors were applied in a personal way: some students have chosen warm colors or cool, others have used bright and contrasting colors. To complete the design, the main lines have been redrawn with a black wax crayon, for emphasizing the shapes.
I think this is the best way to learn about this great artist!










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My name in 2-point perspective

Desert landscapes in tonal gradations


4 thoughts on “The magical worlds of Paul Klee”

  1. What a fabulous post!!! But then again, all your posts are fabulous. I will be teaching K-5 this year instead of middle school . This lesson would be wonderful for younger students too.

  2. Hi Mirriam
    I love your posts. This looks like a great lesson, I am working with primary kids in london age 6-11 mixed in a class at an after school art club
    I am not so familiar teaching this age group. I would love more detailed lesson plans for this project, would you be willing to share this with me please?
    Thanks for posting lovely things
    Ciao for now

    • Hi Laura, I think this is a great project for mixed age students, because it is very free. Unfortunately I don’t have any detailed lesson plan, just the instructions on the post and the pictures step by step. The only way I could help you is to send you the file with the Klee’s works to copy. You can print them in A4 format (in black & white) and your students should copy the drawing with freehand lines. Then they shall paint with any color the like. Send me a mail to


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