It’s very easy to teach elementary students about art history by showing them well-known artwork and giving them the opportunity to speak about their observations. When students create their own art projects, it helps them remember the famous art they discussed. This art lesson and activity introduces young students to Gustav Klimt, the very famous Art Nouveau artist known for painting The Kiss. Students will first observe and talk about paintings created by Klimt. Afterwards, they’ll create their own drawings inspired by Art Nouveau using color, patterns, and texture. They will draw self-portraits of themselves in quilts, and they’ll use visual elements that Klimt used to create designs on the blankets.This download is a zip file. It includes a 2 page PDF lesson plan and a Power Point with 34 slides. The first part of the Gustav Klimt presentation includes 4 paintings by Gustav Klimt for the students to see. Next, there are examples of drawings created by first and second grade students. Finally, there are step-by-step illustrations and direction on how to draw a self-portrait in a quilt. The directions are very easy for students to use as they follow along; this basic breakdown on how to draw in the Art Nouveau style sets students up for successful drawings.
This lesson plan aligns with the current National Core Arts Standards: Anchor Standard 3 and 7.
This work by Klaire Pearson
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