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Seeing Below the Surface
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
1. His name is pronounced Paul
“Clay.”
2. He was born in 1879 in
Switzerland, a country in
Europe.
3. He painted between the years
1900 and 1940.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
4. His father was a music
teacher.
5. His mother was an artist.
6. Paul Klee was a good
musician, writer and teacher.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
7. Paul Klee studied art in
Germany.
8. He learned to draw with line,
shape and color.
9. He used all his talents to
make a famous kind of modern
art.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
10. He realized that a painting
did not have to look like a
realistic copy of something to
make good artwork.
11. This type of art is known as
abstract art.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
REALISTIC
Rose Garden
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
ABSTRACT
Rose Garden
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
The objects in
abstract art look
different from the
way they look in real
life.
12.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Mountain Landscape
Mountain landscape
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
13. Some of Klee’s paintings
look like they were done by a
child.
14. Many of Paul Klee’s
paintings are just colors and
shapes.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Moonrise over St. Germain
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
15. He worked hard to learn
about drawing with lines.
Dancing Girl
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
16. Klee used chalk, paste,
watercolors, and crayons in his
paintings.
17. He loved to use beautiful
colors.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Kreuze und Saulen
Flowers in Stone
Ebene Landschaft
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
18. He used his imagination to
paint clowns, gardens, beasts
and other fanciful things.
19. Klee liked to use fun titles to
name his paintings.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Magic Garden
Arrival of Marie
Head of Man
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
20. Paul Klee wanted his
paintings to give you a special
feeling.
21. Klee gave some of his
paintings a musical rhythm.
22. He listened to Mozart’s
music while he painted.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
23. Klee worked slowly.
Sometimes he sat for hours
before painting.
24. Sometimes he worked on six
paintings at once.
25. He taught himself to paint
with both hands.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
26. Klee created almost
9,000 paintings in his
lifetime.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Red Balloon
Cat and Bird
Efflorescence
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
27. Paul Klee became
an art teacher at
Germany’s best art
school.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Why Fish Facts?
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
“Learn to look
beyond the surface
and get to the root of things.”
Paul Klee painted what he
saw in his imagination.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Under the Sea
The Golden Fish
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Fish Magic
Around the Fish
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
The featured painting.
The Seafarer or Sinbad the Sailor
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
The Seafarer
Paul Klee based this painting
on an opera he saw.
The character, Sinbad the
Sailor is goofy and clownish.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Notice:
the squares in the middle. Klee
called these “magic squares.”
the shading of blue spread over the
squares
the light area in the middle of the
painting
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Notice:
the contrast of the bright red with the
dark
the silly shapes and patterns of the fish
the person and the fish look the same in
pattern and color
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
The Project
Paul Klee said:
“A line is a dot that
went for a walk.”
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Use a black marker and take your line for a walk across
the grid paper.
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Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Shade in some of your squares to help color in your line
drawing.
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Fill in the rest of your picture with
color that helps define and show
what your drawing is.
Now you have a Klee-esque
MASTERPIECE!
Paul Klee: Fish Facts
Bye-bye!
Paul Klee: Fish Facts

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