Paul Klee Portrait Art Game
Are you looking for a fun way to supplement your art history lessons? Going to be absent and need last minute art sub plans? Fill up your sub tub with low-prep art lessons like this Paul Klee Portrait project that excites students. Teach your students about modern art as well as how to create tints and shades using oil pastels.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Paul Klee portrait art game makes for the best and most productive early finisher activity for your students. You can set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity amongst different ones. Print out the game board and directions back to back, put them in a labeled folders, and let them pick what they’d like to create. This is similar to a directed drawing activity in which students are guided through the art process.
If you’re a teacher looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition, this will do the trick.
You will create a Paul Klee portrait by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to create it.
- First, roll the die to pick a head from the first column and draw it large on your paper.
- Next, roll for the eyes in the second column.
- Then, roll for the nose in the third column.
- Next, roll for the mouth.
- And lastly, roll to pick shoulders from the last column.
- Using oil pastels, color in your portrait starting with the background first. Use the side of the pastel to make thick strokes. Add white to some of your colors to make tints and black to make shades. Blend the colors with your finger.
- Then, divide the face and shoulders into different parts.
- Lastly, color in all the shapes with tints and shades.
I’ve included three ways students can generate their design. The first is the game board where students roll the die to select their parts. The second is a “you pick” board. Both of these are printables. And lastly, for teachers needing engaging lessons during distance learning, I’ve added digital spinner wheels!
First, print out the Paul Klee portrait game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give your students dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. If you have access to a smartboard or projector, use the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. It will guide the students during each part of the art project.
Once completed, have students use the self-assessment rubrics to evaluate their artwork based on craftsmanship, creativity, following directions, work habits, project goals, and clean up. And then have them complete the “Big Ideas” sheet so they can connect the creation process to their learning.
If you are substituting or need a fast finisher activity, use the included coloring page.
- 1st – 4th Grades
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to draw a Paul Klee portrait using oil pastels to create tints and shades.
- Construction Paper
- Oil Pastels
You Will Receive
- 12-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Paul Klee Portrait Art Game)
- 10-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Paul Klee Biography Handout
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
- 8, “I CAN” Statements Aligned to the Studio Habits of Mind
- Practice Drawing Page
- Coloring Page
- Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also for use in Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Seesaw, Microsoft OneDrive, Teams, and anywhere else you can share a link to a file…link on the bottom of page 2)
- Digital Spinner Wheels in Google Slides (link on the bottom of page 3)