Introducing Gustav Klimt to your students is really like opening up a pot of gold. There are so many interesting facets to his art and his life. One of the most impactful pieces to his story is how many of his works were destroyed by the Germans during WWII.
Medicine, painted in 1900-1907 was destroyed along with a few others.
I recently picked up a book that features beautiful Klimt-inspired illustrations. If you are doing a lesson on Klimt and in particular, his Tree of Life, I encourage you to find a copy of this book. Perfect for grade 3 and up.
ABOUT GUSTAV KLIMT
Gustav Klimt was born in Vienna in 1862. His father was a gold engraver who taught Gustav how to work with gold. When Gustav was older he used gold, tiny pieces of colored glass and stones to make images that were inspired by Byzantine Mosaics. This was called his “GOLDEN PHASE”
Klimt was a part of a group of artists that were tired of traditional art and wanted their art to symbolize something beyond the canvases. They used bright colors, swirling lines and curves. They called this new style of art ART NOUVEAU.
Klimt was famous for his paintings of women. They were both decorative and abstract.
THE MAGICAL TREE BY MYRIAM OUYESSAD
The Magical Tree tells the story of a magical tree whose fruit saves lives.
Inspired by Gustav Klimt's mural, The Tree of Life, the book tells the story of Djalil, a young man who gains the power to see into the future after tasting the fruit born of his magical tree.
Beautiful illustrations plus an reproduction of the Tree of Life painting.
KLIMT INSPIRED PRINTMAKING PROJECT VIDEO
Here is a video I created for my members in the Deep Space Sparkle Members' Club. It demonstrates a few printmaking techniques using metallic tempera paints, regular drawing paper and a few recyclables that you can find around your art room.
The video can be used as a warm-up to a more detailed Klimt lesson or used all on it's own.
You can watch it here:
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