Students in Kindergarten through 6th grades attended our first Meet the Masters Assembly this week. The purpose of the assembly was to introduce the children to the first artist we will be focusing on as part of our Meet the Masters Art Program. This is a new program for our school, and one that I am very excited about getting started. Approximately once a month the children will learn about a new artist.
Our first artist is Paul Klee (December 18, 1879 – June 29, 1940). Klee was a Swiss-German artist. He had an individual style that was influenced by movements in art that included Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. Klee was inventive in his methods and technique. He worked in many different media – oil paint, watercolor, ink, pastel, etching, and others, and would combine them into one work. Klee was a natural draftsman, and with developed a mastery of color. Many of his works combine these skills. He used a great variety of color palettes from nearly monochromatic to highly polychromatic. He often used geometric forms, letters, numbers, and arrows in his paintings, combining them with figures of animals and people. Some works were completely abstract.
The children will be completing practice sheets to learn Klee’s techniques before they create a piece of art based on his work.
~ Ms. Kathleen