Elementary Lesson Plans


Written by Tabitha Ward

Primary Lesson


A Geometric Portrait, Paul Klee
Intermediate Lesson


A Pop Print, Andy Warhol
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A Geometric Portrait


Paul klee


a primary Lesson plan





Klee painted in a unique and personal style; no one else painted like he did. He used pastels, tempera, water color, and a combination of oil and water color, as well as different backgrounds. Besides using canvas that he usually painted on he used paper, jute, cotton, and wrapping paper. Klee valued the "primitive," and especially the art of children. He envied their freedom to create signs, and respected their innocence and directness.

Objective: Students will create a 2 dimensional portrait.

Students will identify and use geometric shapes.

Students will identify the work of artist Paul Klee.

Vocabulary: color, resist, geometric shapes

Materials: shape tracers including large circle, rectangle, square , triangle. oil pastels, 12"x18" white paper, orange tempera paint thinned with water, wide flat brushes

Procedure: Ask students to recall having had their school picture taken. Tell them that was a photograph portrait but their are also portraits which are painted. Show the print of Senecio (Head of Man) by Paul Klee. Have students draw a portrait of someone in the class or themselves using geometric shapes that they have outlined or have drawn themselves. Have them press hard as they color in the shapes. Paint the drawing by dipping the brush in the wash and moving it from one side to the other across the top. Dip again , slightly overlap and paint a second row. Continue to the bottom. If the layer of paint is too thick you can blot with paper towels to allow the pastels to show through. Allow to dry


  • uses geometric shapes to create a portrait
  • uses materials appropriately
  • participates in discussion








Andy Warhol Elementary Lesson Plan




image from the Andy Warhol and the 1960's web site

Warhol brought art to the masses by making art out of daily life. He picked his subjects from the supermarket shelves and magazine covers. Examples include telephones, coke bottles , soup cans, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis. These were symbols of everyday American life. He repeated these images using a silkscreen duplication. Using such images, Warhol went on to become one of the most influential artists of his day. The dollar sign image above represents how Warhol preferred symbols over objects.


Soft-Kut Print Blocks (this material is rubberlike and much safer and easier to use than linoleum)It also has 2 usable surfaces. Buy 9"x12"sheets and cut each piece into four 41/2"x6" pieces.

Linoleum Carving tools

4 pieces of 41/2"x 6" colored paper per student.

1 9"x12" piece of white paper per student.

tempera paints

brayers or brushes

Andy Warhol prints ( preferably a repeated print)

Objective: Have each student create a print that focuses on one image from everyday life.

Procedure: Pass out magazines and scissors and ask students to cut out 2 or 3 pictures of objects that would be a symbol of their everyday life. Tell them to look at their pictures and choose an image that they will draw and carve into the printing block. Give each student a printing block and a carving tool. Tell students to draw the objects with a pencil utilizing the full block. Have the students carve out the area around the image leaving the image raised on the block. Teach them to always carve away from their body. Remind students that if they choose something with lettering like a tube of toothpaste then the lettering needs to be backwards and mirror imaged . Once it is printed it will look like normal text. Pass out four 41/2"x 6" pieces of colored paper to each student. Students can now paint their image using a brayer or paintbrush. Stamp it in one of the squares. Wipe the paint off of the block. Repeat on all of the paper pieces using a different paint color in each one. Bright colors look best. Glue these pieces on a large white paper. You can glue two on top of two or four in a row if your using a larger white paper.


  • students can identify symbols of society
  • participate in discussion
  • use tools safely and properly
  • good craftsmanship


Modern Art Links


MoMA-Museum of Modern Art


WWW Pop Art Index


Art Galore Modern Art Gallery


Modern Art Lesson Plans from the Utah Museum


Paul Klee Permanent Exhibition


Paul Klee lesson plan using Howling Dog