Monday, January 31, 2011

Geometric and Organic Cityscapes with Paul Klee

DISCUSSION: Geometric shape vs. Organic Shape we just went over geometric shapes
what are organic shapes?
where do we find them?
in math class?
in nature?
where do you hear that word ORGANIC?
farmer’s market
grocery store
City Scape: What is it? 
Look at Paul Klee’s Castle and the Sun
What are his Buildings made up of?
What Colors do you see?
Are there any Organic shapes?
Foreground: Front of the picture; bottom of your paper
Middle ground: middle of your picture; horizon line in a Landscape; middle of your paper
Background: The back of your picture; above the horizon line; the TOP of your paper
Overlapping: one object being on top of another
The Buildings in the foreground will have no overlapping
The buildings in the middle ground will be hidden slightly behind
the foreground buildings
The buildings in the background will be hidden behind the foreground and 
middle ground buildings
ARTIST: Paul Klee
(1879 – 1940) 
Swiss painter of German nationality.
His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism
Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually mastered color theory, and wrote extensively about it. 
His works reflect his dry humor and his sometimes child-like perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and his musicality. 
He and his friend, the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, both taught at the German Bauhaus school of art and architecture.
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PROJECT: Construct a City Scape using Organic and Geometric shapes
Step1: Pencil: Draw your cityscape starting at the bottom of your page (foreground)
Draw geometric and organic shaped buildings (3-5)
Step2: Draw the next set of buildings in the middle ground. Remember to have the buildings in the foreground overlap these buildings. Draw at least one organic shaped building
Step3: Draw our last set of buildings in the background. have them be overlapped by both of 
the first sets of buildings
Step4: fill in your buildings with windows (geometric or organic), lines, tops anything to make
your buildings unique like Paul Klee’s
Step5: Fill in with chalk pastels in primary and secondary colors like Paul Klee. 
Step6: the background could remain white or you could make it brown like Paul Klee’s work.
MATERIALS: White paper
Oil pastels

Additional photo's of student work:

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u

    Paul Klee Paintings