This lesson was an exploration in color and feeling. After looking at paintings by Paul Klee and a short discussion about color evoking emotions, the students were guided in making a list. They listed three emotions, next to each emotion they wrote the name of a color and type of line that reflects that emotion. For example, happy = yellow = wavy line. The children chose one of their emotions and drew lines that went with it.
For the painting portion of the project, the students painted the shapes formed by their lines. The rule was, every color they painted needed to have their chosen color mixed into it. So, like in the example given above, they would need to mix yellow with everything before painting. The result is a fantastic exploration of color filled with surprises and new learning.
We looked at some of Paul Klee’s drawings. His delicate, bold, and always expressive and playful lines offer inspiration. The students turned their painting different directions to see what it reminded them of. Once they had an idea, they painted their design/picture/shapes on top using black line.
The result is a collection of unique, colorful, expressive works of art.