Paul Klee Portrait- warm / cool colours (Art lesson for Prep – Yr1)

My Prep classes were learning about use of colour to show emotions and feelings, so this activity was a good follow on to learn about warm and cool colours.

Learning Intentions & Success Criteria:

To explore the portrait artwork “Senecio РHead of a Man by artist Paul Klee. We are learning about portraits- abstract /realistic. We are learning about warm and cool colours. We are learning that colours can express feelings and emotions in art.

I can describe the colours used on Senecio and say whether it is realistic or abstract. I know the warm colours and can also identify colours that are cool (on the colour wheel) I can use warm or cool colours on a Klee style portrait.

Students used a card circle (from Supermarket pizza packaging) and followed a guided drawing to add the joined eyes, line for the nose and mouth, and shoulders. They then drew lines on the face and body to make sections.

Oil pastels were used to colour the sections. (Alternatively, water colour paints can be used with varying intensity- more water for a lighter colour value)

We discussed that pink is also a warm colour because it is made using red (with white.)

For the background the students use chalk pastels on the side, then spreading and smudging the colour with their finger to fill the space.

Picasso inspired portrait: Magazine Mash-up

I have done this activity with Prep to Year 2 classes. Great lesson for Preps when teaching portraits and facial features. Of course if it’s inspired by Picasso, the features can be odd sizes and from different faces! The kids loved this. I had the pictures cut out in piles of each feature, they just had to choose 2 different eyes, a mouth, a nose, 2 ears and some hair. I drew an oval shape for the face on the paper.

Older students can do their own magazine search, cutting out the features from different faces, or using one face as the bottom layer, and adding different eyes, mouth,etc.

We viewed portraits by Pablo Picasso and discussed the difference between realistic and abstract (unrealistic) portraits. We watched a simple introduction to Picasso’s style of art and cubism.