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We love studying artists in our home and have fun recreating different artists words as well as exploring lots of different work by them so we get to know their style. This month we have been exploring patterns with Gustav Klimt!
Gustav Klimt is an Austrian artist who lived in the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. He is well known for murals and paintings that he did a lot of nude paintings of women, but we were able to find a few kid-safe pictures to study here! I love his Tree of Life mural and actually have a print of it in my husband’s office. It was a perfect one to study with the kids! There is so much tiny detail and so many small patterns in his artwork! We had a great discussion about the patterns within his art.
I had the kids look closely and try to replicate some of the patterns they saw within his painting on their own. They all wanted to do it in their own style, which I love and encourage.
When I do an artist study with my kids, I like to always give some background information about the artist. The book we read this month was Klimt and His Cat by Bernice Capatti. We also came across a Gustav Klimt coloring book that the kids love so much!
I also print out and laminate some of the artist’s famous pieces. We study them and discuss them in detail and I have my kids tell me things about the paintings from memory as well. It really helps them to internalize the different paintings and the styles of the artists. Once a month or so, we like to get out all of our prints that we have studied in the past and mix them up and guess which artist it was created by. It is my kids’ favorite part of art study!
I was really impressed with the artwork my kids were able to produce and the creativity they showed in their paintings! I know from he different prints we looked at and discussed they will easily be able to recognize a lot of Klimt’s paintings!
Want some more art study ideas? Visit my posts on: Paul Klee, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, and Jackson Pollock!
I am collaborating with Messy Little Monsters and a bunch of other bloggers to be a part of the Exploring Famous Artists series this month. Yesterday was the start of the series and all month long different bloggers will be sharing their ideas! Check it out here!
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