Thursday, 24 October 2013

Klimt's Tree of Life

I read somewhere that Klimt's "The Tree of Life" painting is one of the most reproduced oil paintings, so I thought we should do it too!  Its also the appeal of painting in GOLD paint - so luxurious.....

There are quite a few lesson plans out there for this. I really wanted to paint in thick gold paint on black paper so I've based our lesson on the version posted on We Heart Art.

What you need:
  • Gold Paint (we used a very thick acrylic paint called Dimension paint.  This enabled the children to add the paint very thick in the style of Klimt)
  • Black A3 paper
  • Sequins
  • Glue
  • Metallic blue, purple, silver and white paint (optional)
How to:
  • Discuss Klimt his work, his style and the "The Tree of Life" painting
  • Pass out some handouts with simple steps on how to draw the tree
  • Ask the children to try and fill their page with the spirals
  • Add details with the other paints
  • Add sequins (we did this after the paint had dried)
The Results:

Love all that gold and colour from the sequins...

The Tree of Life by 5 to 9 year olds.

Our artist of the week was Gustav Klimt of course!

The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt, 1905


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