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What happens when shapes and colors are repeated and organized? Stunning patterns emerge! This cool Klimt style makes gorgeous Valentine cards.
Gustav Klimt, an Austrian painter, was born on July 14, 1862. His work usually dealt with the themes of life, love, and death. He created many wonderful portraits in the process of exploring these themes. Klimt was responsible for founding the Austrian school of painting known as the Vienna Secession. Klimt’s work is known for its decorative qualities. The Vienna Secession is considered to be the Viennese version of the Art Nouveau movement, which is highly decorative, using pattern, stylization, and flowery ornament.
Invite students to look closely at Gustav Klimt’s Emilie Floge, his Bildnis Fritza Riedler, or his most famous painting, The Kiss. Notice how he uses extremely complex patterns to fill in large areas of the paintings, while his faces and hands remain smooth and composed. Pattern is simply a repetition of a shape or shapes in an organized manner. Ask students to describe what they see in Klimt's work.
Ask students to create a pattern drawing of their own. Begin by using Crayola Washable Markers to divide paper into many smaller, irregular shapes. Look at Klimt’s artwork for pattern ideas. Use several different colors to create different patterns in each separate shape created. Students carefully place colors so the overall picture is well balanced. Fill entire page with patterns.
Encourage students to try making Valentines, Mother’s Day cards, or other gift accessories with these colorful designs.
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