Monday, April 18, 2011

Gustav Klimt Tree of Life

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Thanks to blogger One Crayola Short...I found this great lesson on Gustav Klimt and the Tree of Life.

My 4th grade students loved the abstract swirls and added sparkle....First we painted looked at Klimt's Tree of Life and studied how to create a good tree using a Y shape.  Then we added swirls for each branch.  I first wanted the kids to paint with just one color on the background, but found they had better ideas..they used watercolors to fill in the background and finished the tress adding gems and sparkles...this was a huge success and everyone has raved how beautiful they turned out.

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