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Paul Klee Art for Kids – Colorful City Collages

by Catalina Gutierrez
February 11, 2019

Try this fun Paul Klee art for kids by collaging cities onto a colorful chalk background. A wonderful art activity inspired by Paul Klee’s art by Catalina Gutierrez of Redviolet Studio.

Paul Klee Art for Kids - Collaging Coloring Cities

You know I love to pair an art activity with a good ol’ children’s book. These always inspire me to try new projects.

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“The Cat and the Bird” is a lovely book with brilliant illustrations based on Paul Klee’s artworks. Just browsing through it got my creative mind to work with so many ideas that could be explored based on the story and its colorful pages.

After reading the book to the children, we talked about cities and all the things they can find in them.

Tall buildings, small or big houses, people, trees, offices, factories, animals, etc. The list was endless and a good starting point to get them interested in the topic we’d be working on.

Our project was making our own cities inspired by Paul Klee using different mediums.

Girl holding mixed media collage of city – Paul Klee Art for Kids

Paul Klee Art for Kids – Colorful City Collages



How to create colorful cities inspired by Paul Klee’s art

Girl coloring paper with chalk pastels for mixed media Paul Klee Art for Kids

1. Create backgrounds for your Paul Klee art

Start by bringing out the pastels and the paper and invite the kids to cover the whole surface. This will be the background to their cities.

Some kids chose one single color, while others used multiple colors to make lines and other shapes that represented buildings, trees, mountains or houses.

Child smudging chalk pastel drawing – Paul Klee Art for Kids

Tip: Show the kids how they can use their fingers to smudge the chalk pastels after applying them onto the paper.

Boy cutting shapes for mixed media cities – Paul Klee Art for Kids

2. Cut out shapes for your cities

Once they are done covering all of the paper with the pastels, bring out colored paper and scissors.

I pre-cut a few shapes like triangles, squares and rectangles. I wanted to show the kids how they could start building their houses or buildings and add them to the paper.

Some children cut their own shapes and made their unique structures that would then become part of their cities.

Girl glueing shapes on paper for city mixed media project – Paul Klee Art for Kids

3. Glue buildings & houses onto paper

After all of the shapes are cut out, begin gluing them onto the paper. These form the different houses and buildings to make the cities interesting and all so different from one another.

I asked my students, “Ok, so who is going to live in these cities you are designing?” And “are there any animals living in these buildings? Or maybe people? Children?”

This sparked their imagination to go on to the next step.

Girl holding mixed media collage of city – Paul Klee Art for Kids

4. Create windows & doors

I brought in some sticker paper (you can use sticker labels too) and invited them to cut windows and doors and draw on these with black sharpies.

They drew boys, girls, babies, emojis, LOL’s, cats, puppies… you name it!

Finally, they stuck them to their cities and voila! Every city was special and unique!

Boy holding up mixed media collage artwork of cities – Paul Klee Art for Kids

I hope you try this Paul Klee art project for kids, it’s really easy to set up and the process is lots of fun!

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