Paul Klee Cats

This week the second grade made Paul Klee cat paintings ON FELT!!

Second graders made Paul Klee cat paintings using white felt and liquid watercolors. Allow one hour.

The lesson plan is adapted from this postย on The Art Annex blog.

We started out by watching this brief video on YouTube:

We used only three materials: white felt (9″x12″), black Sharpie and liquid watercolor, plus spray bottles of water.

I did a directed draw of the cat, focusing its lines and simple shapes. Students drew directly on the felt with their sharpies. Then we painted the cat by dabbing on liquid watercolor. The final step: spraying the felt with water so the colors could bleed and blend.

I dried the art on large sheets of cardboard.

Just in case you are wondering….I did this with just 12 students AND a volunteer. Students got to spray their own art. If I did this with a large class, I would probably assign the spraying to s few responsible students.

This is the second project in our Paul Klee unit. You might also like our Paul Klee abstract name art lesson, inspired by Klee’s Castle and Sun.

ย Do you have a favorite Paul Klee lesson plan?

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9 thoughts on “Paul Klee Cats

    • Hi Jessica
      You may even be able to cut felt on your paper cutter if your blade is sharp from top to bottom ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Hi Elizabeth
      Who knew you could paint on felt? My students loved the process, and I’m sure your students will too.


  1. This is such a fantastic lesson and the results are so charming! I would never have thought to draw/paint on felt. I absolutely love Paul Klee’s work and have been to the Klee museum in Berne, Switzerland. I do a Klee-inspired Valentine heart project with my middle school kids.
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    • Hi Miss
      I love how this project turned out. The original lesson plan comes from this post at the Art Annex blog – I simplified and road tested it. Please check out the Art Annex – it has great lesson plan ideas.

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