Paul Klee Mosaic Collages

As an introduction to the study of architecture, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade students engaged with simple geometric shapes (triangle, semi-circle, circle, rectangle and square) to create architectural forms. To inspire a two-dimensional project, students viewed and discussed Castle with Sun by Paul Klee, analyzing how familiar, basic forms can evoke aspects of architecture, even on a flat plane.

Using geometric forms cut from paper, students designed their own architectural spaces (stairways, buildings, cities, courtyards, etc.). Because they were working within the confines of color and only a few simple shapes, they were able to explore color relationships and geometric relationships--for example, how the ratios and dimensions of geometric forms can be paired to create architectural structures, and how color contributes to the impression of space.