Paul Klee: Head of a Man Collage for Kids
Klee was so passionate about color, that he taught color theory at the Bauhaus. He said, "Colour has taken possession of me; no longer do I have to chase after it, I know that it has hold of me forever... Colour and I are one. I am a painter."
Inspired by a project over at Art Projects for Kids, we created our own interpretation of his "Head of a Man", using vivid tissue paper instead of paint. There were some glitches along the way...the tissue paper didn't bleed when painted with water like I had planned while I created the sample. So I just used watered down matte medium.
- Pass out Strathmore 9x12 Bristol Smooth Paper or watercolor paper, like this Canson Bound Watercolor Pad, 30-Sheet and a round cardboard template.
- With a black Pentel Arts Oil Pastels, allow students to trace the round template which will be the head of the man. Draw shoulders, too. Features can also be lightly sketched.
- Let students either cut out or tear shapes from multi-colored Tissue Paper. We discovered the gold and silver would not stay down on the paper, even after it was brushed with Liquitex Professional Matte Fluid Medium.
- Students can begin laying down tissue paper in interesting shapes by brushing it with watered down matte medium.
- After it is completely dry, have students trace over their drawing with black oil pastel again, to give it a stronger color and presence.
The artwork above was created by an 8th grader.