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Colorful math art project for kids inspired by artist Klee

by Ünal Güler

Math With Art takes two of my favorite pastimes and combines them into beautiful math art projects! The math art activities we do today are great for kids of all ages and grade levels and work well in the home or classroom because they use simple painting supplies, can be done with a group (even across grade levels), and produce results carry beautiful, colorful, creative art made by children.

Complete math art project inspired by Klee with text: Klee-Inspired Art - 6 full-size paper sheets with different arrangements of colorful smaller squares glued to the top - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s create math art inspired by artist Paul Klee!

Let’s make art with math!

We love all arts and crafts activities for kids, but especially those that combine learning with art. In this form art project inspired by artist Paul Klee, children naturally learn geometry, fractions and measurements while creating beautiful works of art.

Related: Fun games with math

Kids can mix colors and shapes to express their artistic talent while learning math concepts.

Math art project for kids of all ages

This arts math activity was conducted with a group of children aged 3 years old through third graders. It was fun doing a learning activity together that allowed multiple age groups to learn at the same time. I found it to be the perfect math art project for kids of all ages and levels in a group.

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Shapes inspired by the artist Paul Klee

We were inspired to our project Lock and sun work by Paul Klee:

More about Paul Klee, artist

Paul Klee was a Swiss-born German artist. His highly individual style was influenced by art movements that included Expressionism, Cubism and Surrealism. His works reflect his wry humor and sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and his musicality.


Artist supplies needed for this math art project

Materials needed for this math art project: Construction paper cut into various sizes, placed on a table next to regular sized paper
Shapes were cut out of paper strips in advance.

Preparing for the math art project for kids

  1. I cut strips of construction paper 1.5 inch thick.
  2. From these strips I then made squares (1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″) and rectangles by cutting out double width squares (1 1/2″ x 3″).
  3. From some squares we cut them in half to get triangles, mini-rectangles and tiny squares.

Directions for the Art Math Project

Step 1

Begin by showing the children Klee’s work. Discuss how he placed different shapes in a room to create a castle scene.

Imagine that we will apply the principles of creating larger images from smaller shapes and using lots of visual space. They are encouraged to fill their page completely with the shapes!

Give each child their base sheet of white construction paper.

step 2

Give kids access to a variety of shapes already cut out of multicolored construction paper to glue onto their white construction paper base.

The rule: No overlapping parts (or try not to have any overlaps) and “fill” all white.

Older students had to use different shapes, they had to have one or more of each shape in their picture.

Younger children could fill in their sheet with squares or squares and rectangles.

Practice math through art

Math Art Project - Text: Practice Fractions - ready-to-use, Klee-inspired math artwork that details fractions in forms like 1/12, 1/6, and 1/3
Fractions are more fun when you can SEE them!

Without realizing it, your kids are learning basic principles of geometry and how shapes and surfaces interact. Show them how obvious some fractions are when all the parts have the same shape, but notice that other shapes appear in fractions as well.

In the example shown above:

  • The green square in the top left corner takes up 1/12 of the entire page.
  • The top middle red is 1/6 in size
  • And if you combine the 3 different shapes in the bottom row, it’s 1/3

If you want to add another learning element to the page for your older children, ask them to explain in fractions how much a row or a specific shape or color takes up in the “space” of the picture.

Finished Math Art Project: Beautiful colorful art

Finished math art made with a child's hand next to a finished colorful collage of shapes cut out of construction paper
This gorgeous math art project is worthy of a wall!

We proudly have our math lessons hanging as art on our wall…isn’t that just the best thing?

I’m inspired to create more art this way.

preparation time
15 minutes

active time
20 minutes

total time
35 minutes


Estimated costs


  • Multicolored construction paper that can be cut into shapes

  • White construction paper as the basis for the art project


  • Scissors or preschool training scissors

  • glue or glue stick


  1. Prepare for the art project in advance by cutting the colorful construction paper strips into strips and then into squares and rectangles that are multiples of these shapes: single wide and double wide, with some cut as fractions of the original strip, e.g. 1/2 and 1/4.
  2. Kids fill in their paper with a stack of colorful shapes, creating even space between the shapes and using the different sized shapes for different art forms. The only rule is: no overlapping parts.
  3. Children glue pieces onto a white canvas base made of construction paper or poster board.
  4. (Optional) View and discuss the fractions in the finished math artwork.

Math Art & Drawing Games for Kids by Karyn Tripp Book by Amazon - 40 fun art projects to build amazing math skills
What a fun way to explore mathematical art concepts!

More resources for math arts

I found a great little book with even more Math art for kids! There are 40 fun art projects to help you develop amazing math skills.

Some of the projects include creating pixel art, exploring symmetry art, using equations, counting, adding and multiplying to create Fibonacci and Golden Rectangle art.

More math and art fun from the Kids Activities Blog

Math art project (text) with a material image and then math project in action with the Kids Activities Blog logo
Let’s explore math through art!

How did your Klee-inspired math art project turn out?

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