First and second grade artists looked at Paul Klee's painting "Groom's Arrival." Students pointed out how the shapes made a figure and shared what this figure made them think of. Paul Klee was a Swiss-German artist who was most influenced by the Expressionist, Cubist and Surrealist art movements.
We discussed Klee's quote "A drawing is simply a line going for a walk" and that "A line is a dot going for a walk."
Students created their own pieces by taking a line for a walk across red construction paper, then looking for closed shapes to fill in with construction paper crayons. Some students found faces, figures or animals in their shapes. This lesson provided us with an opportunity to discuss what high quality work looks like when coloring with crayons.