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Sketch Tuesday – Klee and Chalk Pastels


Stage Landscape, 1922 by Paul Klee

Sketch Tuesday assignment: Use chalk pastels to create your own Klee inspired artwork.


You can choose to copy any Paul Klee painting or you can use the activity available below to have some fun with chalk pastels and Klee’s style.

Download the printable here:

Chalk Pastel Lesson Plan Klee

Chalk Pastel Lesson Plan Klee

You can view this week’s selection here: Stage Landscape, 1922.

Send in your sketches by July 30, 2018 to have them included in the Sketch Tuesday slideshow.

Note I will be collecting all of July’s Sketch Tuesday assignments and posting them into one big slideshow at the end of the month.


All sketchers are welcome and there is no need to sign up. Send in your sketches in jpg format and mail them to: [email protected] by Monday, July 30, 2018 and I will include them in Tuesday’s slideshow. Complete instructions are found by clicking the Sketch Tuesday tab at

Music Monday on Harmony Fine Arts Join us every Monday for a new musical selection.

This is such a fun piece to listen to while you work on your artwork.

Let me know what you think!

Cowboy Overture by John Williams

Wondering what is going on here for the summer?

Link here to my summer plans for Sketch Tuesday and Music Monday.

Paul Klee Chalk Pastel Lesson and Printable

Paul Klee Chalk Pastel Project button

Our second Paul Klee Project was done with our homeschool art co-op. What a fun morning of art talk and art play we had together! I was sort of worried about introducing chalk pastels but about half the group had used them before and the rest were very open to trying something new.

We started off reviewing what abstract art is and how we can look at it with artist’s eyes. They had all seen the YouTube video before so we discussed how abstract art is not meant to actually look like anything but to make you feel something. This seemed a lot easier for them to understand than it does to me. I always try to figure out what things are in a modern art piece which really does take away from the enjoyment of it all.

We then viewed a slideshow of Paul Klee’s artwork on YouTube, pausing the slideshow to do a little picture study as we went through the colorful abstracts. This was very enjoyable and the kids took turns doing the narrating.

Then it was time to get down to some serious art business….I had prepared some of Klee’s prints in my fancy smancy IKEA frames for them to use as inspiration as they worked.

This same group of children all had attended an event at the local observatory a few days before our art lesson so we decided that the night sky would be our overall theme for this project. Because I didn’t want my beginners to be overwhelmed, we did this as a somewhat open-ended but guided art project.

We talked a few minutes about things we had seen in the sky, how the night made us feel, and how we could draw from our experiences and reflect that in our artwork.

We reminded ourselves that Paul Klee used lots of symbols in his artwork and thought of how we could incorporate that into our ideas.

I guided them by listing elements to add to their page one at a time using a black oil pastel:

  • Moon, star, meteor, or constellation.
  • A stick figure
  • The letters V and C
  • Three dots
  • Two random lines – one needs to be touching the side of your paper
  • Square
  • A swirl
  • One other element of your choosing – face, circle, etc

Then they picked a color palette from the chalk pastels (4-6 colors).

Mr. N – Age 10

They filled in their designs with blocks of color using the chalk pastels. We played with blending, using our fingers and palms.

Miss C – Age 13

After they finished with the color, they went back over their black lines again to define the shapes.

I think our lesson was very successful. Not only did we create a wonderful piece of abstract artwork, we learned how to better use chalk pastels and create a mood using a color palette.

Chalk Pastel Lesson Plan Klee

Free Printable Lesson Plan for Paul Klee and Chalk Pastels
If you would like to print out this lesson for your family, I have pulled it together in a nice pdf for you:

Chalk Pastel Lesson Plan Klee

Weekly Wrap-Up: Enjoying Our New Homeschool Co-Op

Paul Klee Art

Oh, how I have enjoyed teaching art to our little co-op! I didn’t even realize how much I missed it and Monday when we were in the midst of our Paul Klee study…I suddenly felt so happy I got tears as I soaked it all in. Crazy, crazy art mama.

As a group, we viewed a lot of Klee’s artwork both online and with prints. I found the picture frames shown above during last month’s IKEA visit (TOLSBY). Aren’t they great for displaying art prints for picture study? They are 4″ by 6″ and they were less than $1 each! I can easily slip in a print for each week’s picture study time. They don’t work if the artwork is landscape but I can work around that.

Mr. B also did another Klee art project on his own that involved a page from an old book and watercolors (idea from Pinterest).

Our little homeschool group is also learning to play tennis. The advantage of homeschooling is that we can use the courts at the park during the school day and have the place to ourselves. One of the young men in our congregation has volunteered to give lessons twice a month and it is wonderful! All the kids get lots of one on one time and even after two lessons they have greatly improved. None of the kids had even held a racket before so this is pretty exciting for them.

Mr. B is really cranking out the school work these days as he sees the light at the end of his high school tunnel. We are still relying heavily on the notebook pages from even in his senior year. He is continuing with his timeline of history, his study of 20th century history, and our focus on modern art. He is reading Steinbeck’s The Pearl and doing some writing to go along with it.

Today we are off to have co-op nature study time….yes, I get to lead that too!

I have learned this year that it is never too late to try something new. Being a part of a small co-op has given our homeschool a new layer of enjoyment that we didn’t even know we were missing.  Mr. B is doing a terrific job of balancing his academics, our co-op activities, his volunteer work, and some part time jobs. More on how we are accomplishing that soon…

Homegrown Learners

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