Friday, September 17, 2010

Klimt Inspirations

This is one of my all time favourite pieces that I have done with a class.  I adore Klimt and came up with this idea that involves:
  1. Splodging a watered down golden/brown acrylic paint for the background.
  2. On another piece of paper paint flowers using three different colours using water colours then paint green background, cut the piece of paper to form a wavy top.
  3. Take a photo of the child in a 'Klimt' position- either sleeping or a calm face.
  4. Using a laser colour printer, print the photo's and glue them onto a piece of A3 cartridge.
  5. Sketch the outline shape of the hood and cloak. Here is where you talk alot about proportion, pattern and shape.
  6. Show the children a variety of painting techniques including, scraffido (scratching the paint with a toothpick or end of the paintbrush), collage- layering pre painted papers and pointillism (dots).
  7. Ask the children to include patterns that Klimt used eg. circles/ ovals, rectangles, eyes, flowers and swirls.
  8. Paint all the sections with a background colour first, then add the different techniques in each, being mindful not to have the same two beside each other.
  9. Ones all complete, allow the children to choose if they would like to add black/gold lines between their sections- adding dots on the lines can be quite effective as well as in the hair.
  10. Cut out the self portrait and glue onto the background of gold splodging and water coloured flowers.  Add flowers and tassels in the hair or side of the cloak using gold paper and premade painted paper.
  11. And there you have it- Klimt Inspirations


  1. These pieces really look fantastic!

  2. Great idea to paste a photo in this artwork!

  3. These are really awesome. I love Klimt too! Finding ways to make him kid friendly can be a little tough. Thanks for this great inspiration!

  4. this is awesome. Please keep adding more.

  5. I love this and will try to do this with my grade 4/5 class. I'm wondering what kind of paper you used for the project and what size. Thanks.

  6. Because I absolutely love Klimt and I'm inspired by his work, I find these to be just simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing.