Building Blocks!!

About Paul Klee

Paul Klee was a Swiss artist. At the age of eight his grandmother gave him a box of colourful chalk. This made him very interested in art. He developed many experimental art techniques. After visiting Tunisia in 1914, his art changed dramatically. He loved the light and colour there. He wrote,

‘Color has taken possession of me; no longer do I have to chase after it, I know that it has hold of me forever…color and I are one. I am a painter.’

His style does not fall into one artistic movement. He is inspired by Cubism, Surrealism and Expressionism.


The project started off with the discovery of a box full of cards which were left-overs from another project. While clearing the studio, it was to be junked, but one look at them reminded me of the painting by Paul Klee, Castle and Sun. Toddlers were given a black paper and a handful of these shapes to make a city at night, in the style of the artist. It was almost as if they were playing with building blocks! They loved the colourful pieces…some of them were innovative enough to use the backside of these to get a white shape. Triangular shapes formed the roofs for these structures. Black markers were used to add the finishing detail to these very attractive cities.



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