Wednesday, July 11, 2012

14th July Gustav Klimt (1862 - 1918)

Gustav Klimt was an Austrian artist who is probably most famous for his use of gold-leaf. His paintings that use it glow and have a richness that cannot be ignored. While some people think that his famous painting The Kiss is not suitable for young children there are plenty of other paintings that are. The Year 2 teachers at school incorporate Klimt's Tree of Life into a unit of work that looks at friendship and they cooperatively make a large class collage of it that entwines their names and groups. There is a 6 year old drawing it here. While the classes are involved in Klimt art activities they read:
* Klimt and His Cat by Bernice Capatti. This is a story but through the narrative children learn about Klimt's life.
* Gustav Klimt: A Painted Fairy Tale by Stephen Koja. This is one of the books from publisher Prestel's fantastic series, Adventures in Art.

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