This simple and engaging Paul Klee-inspired art lesson focuses almost entirely on the art elements point and line. Students begin with one line and a few dots on a blank sheet of paper and eventually end up with a non-representational design that can be enhanced with the optional addition of watercolor.
This relaxing lesson requires minimal prep and is simple enough to leave for a substitute.
The lesson includes directions for an observation and discussion of art work by Paul Klee, which adds an element of art appreciation and can help inspire students when creating their own designs.
Fun With Lines and Dots is bundled with four other lessons in 5 Super Easy Art Lessons
This art lesson resource includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing art by Paul Klee
- directions for the art activity itself
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- suggestions for art extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
Also included: an ‘art reflection’ worksheet with prompts to help students make personal connections with art and to use their imaginations when observing non-representational art.
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
Other artist-inspired art lessons:
- inspired by Keith Haring
Abstract Art For Kids - Inspired by Chagall, Kandinsky, and Matisse.
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Start With Art
- five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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