• learn about how lines outline shapes.
• be introduced to geometric and free-form shapes.
• be able to name the geometric shapes of circle,
square, triangle, and rectangle.
• identify simple subjects and share ideas expressed in
• develop opinions about their own and other’s artwork.
• create an original artwork using geometric and
free-form shapes with appropriate media.
• 9 x 12" ( 23 x 30 cm) white construction paper
• various colors of tissue paper
• diluted glue
• black tempera
Kayla, grade three.
ing the background took two forty-five-minute class periods.
Paul Klee’s Caprice in February was on display in
my artroom for use with a
third-grade class. Without
any prompting, my kindergartners
became very interested in the color
of his background. We started discussing how
this use of color
and many suggestions were
a lively discussion on the various
ways he may have created this, I
decided to take advantage of their
enthusiasm. We had already stud-
ied line, color, and shape and this
project was a great way of reviewing
Creating a Background
First, I showed students how to use
watered-down glue (applied with
to attach torn
blocks of over-
paper to fill a
sheet of 9 x 12"
construction paper. Overlapping the
tissue paper produced many happy
sounds when students discovered
the new colors they created. Creat-
Adding a Figure
During the third class period, we
revisited Caprice in February, this
time concentrating on Klee’s depiction of the figure. Many interesting
words were used to describe the
distortion and mixed-up feelings
that are created in the artwork. We
discussed things like how the nose
is as large as one of his legs (which
produced many giggles). I then
explained how the word caprice
means “a change of mind.” That
inspired the kindergartners for the
next step, creating a self-portrait
with paintbrush-drawn lines. Black
tempera paint was used and each
students had the freedom to create
his or her portrait in a “confused”
state. This eliminated many fears of
drawing the perfect person. The kindergartners were very happy with
their work, which we displayed in
the halls of the school.
Overlapping the tissue paper
produced many happy sounds
when students discovered the
new colors they created.
Kay Adamson is an art specialist at
Ginnings Elementary in Denton, Texas.
Students understand and explore
prospective content for works of art.