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Chalk Pastel Portraits

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will analyze the work of Paul Klee and use chalk pastels to create an abstract portrait. They will experiment with the principle of balance when considering the placement of lines and shapes in their work.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will learn about the artwork and life of Paul Klee.

Students will create portraits inspired by Paul Klee’s artwork, Senecio, using chalk.

Students will experiment with a variety of abstraction methods.

Students will explore analogous color theory by blending colored chalk pastels.

Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce the work of Paul Klee.
  • Show students images featuring Klee’s work and lead a group discussion about the observations.
  • Compare and contrast traditional portraits with the style seen in Klee’s Senecio with students.
  • Discuss the principle of balance when considering the placement of lines and shapes.
  • Teach students chalk pastel techniques and discuss color families.

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National Standards


Create

Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches.

VA:Cr2.1.4a

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

VA:Cr2.1.5a

Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches.

4.VA:Cr2.1

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

5.VA:Cr2.1

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

10 minutes

Demonstration Time

10 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 20 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • 12” x 18” black paper
  • Sketchbook or drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • White school glue
  • Colored chalk pastels
  • Damp paper towel
  • Getting to Know Paul Klee: M. Venezia, ISBN 978-0516422947

National Standards


Create

Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches.

VA:Cr2.1.4a

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

VA:Cr2.1.5a

Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches.

4.VA:Cr2.1

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

5.VA:Cr2.1

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Steps

Practice Drawing Faces

Practice drawing faces with geometric and organic shapes in a sketchbook or on drawing paper, considering the principal of balance in each drawing. Select one face for the portrait.

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Abstracting Faces

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What Are Analogous Colors?

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Basic Shapes

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Organic Vs Geometric Shapes

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Reflection

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