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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Chalk Pastel Klee Cats

Grade 3 students made these charming chalk pastels cat drawings  inspired by 
the delightful Paul Klee painting "Cat and Bird" (Katze und Vogel)

Klee was a Swiss artist who had a wide range of styles throughout his career. One of his main influences, though, was children's art. He was fascinated by their art- the simple lines as well as their innate creativity. You can see this influence in "Cat and Bird" with it's simple lines and cat head composed of simple shapes. 
I love the cat's large, unwavering, hypnotic eyes.

Students first looked at the painting and I asked them why they thought a bird might be on top of this cat's head. I got a few different answers including, "The bird is just resting on his head eating small insects", I guess like a beneficial parasite- cleaning the cat! lol  

I prompted the 'suggestion' that maybe the cat was thinking/dreaming about the bird (eerm, to eat it?) Perhaps the artist wanted to show what was happening in the cat's mind. So the kids had to think of one 'thing' their cat would be thinking of and include that in their drawing.

Paul Klee, "Cat and Bird", 1928, oil & ink on canvas     Source
 Students started off by drawing a simple line drawing of the hat's head and what it was thinking of. 
I have to reeeaally encourage this age group to draw LARGE- fill the page!!

Then outline all the pencil lines with a dark marker, crayon or colored pencil.

Once the drawing is outlined, erase any stray pencil lines that are still showing (craftsmanship!!)
Now you're left with a lovely crisp, clean drawing.

Demo or review how to use chalk pastels. I emphasized soft blending using a finger or a paper towel, using the side of the pastel, mixing colours, and using the same 4-5 colours throughout the whole drawing 
in order to create harmony and unity.

chalk pastels

Grade 3 cats- ta da!


Chesterbrook Academy Elementary said...

Paul Klee is one of my favorite artists.

These cats are beautiful.
I love the simple rendering of lines.

Janis said...

I love these!
Thank you for your recent comment on my lesson on Delft pottery!

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