Klee Castle Painting: Ages 3-6

Paul Klee, Castle and Sun, 1928, oil on canvas

Paul Klee, Castle and Sun, 1928, oil on canvas


Take a look at Swiss artist Paul Klee's Castle and Sun. Here, Klee paints simple shapes and bright colors to create an abstract castle. Think about some famous castles you might know, like the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, inspired by the German castle Neuschwanstein. See some examples below to get some inspiration!

Schloss Neuschwanstein  Bavaria, Germany

Schloss Neuschwanstein 
Bavaria, Germany

Alcázar of Segovia
Segovia, Spain

Château de Vincennes
Vincennes, France


Print out some images of castles online for reference. What kind of shapes do you see? Do you see any shapes like rectangles, squares, cylinders, and triangles? What about the colors?  Are all castles the same color? Let's try making a fun, imaginary castle that you would want to live in! Let's begin.

Materials you will need:
 paintbrushes | paint | paper | pencil | shapes you can trace

Look around the house and see if you can find some small items to trace. Juice cartons, cups, lids, and playing cards are good examples. Use a pencil to trace an object on your page. Stack them, put them next to or near each other and be creative! 

Use your paintbrush to fill in each shape with color! 

Try mixing colors and see what you get. You might be surprised.

All done! Let it dry and then give your castle a name.