Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wintertime Gustav Klimt Inspired Trees

I have been wanting to do a Gustav Klimt inspired tree for some time now. I thought the holidays would be a great time with the beautiful gold that he used in many of his pieces as well as the decorative colors and shapes that adorn his paintings. Using black construction paper, lightly draw the tree shape and foreground in a light colored oil pastel. The limbs on the tree should curve inward and outward in beautiful spirals of various sizes. Paint over the drawing in gold metallic tempera paint. Using a variety of colors adorn the tree with a different shapes, repeating colors and patterns. I'm giving the children a few bottles of glitter glue to add even more sparkle to their shapes. To give the effect of new falling snow, paint white in the tops of the spirals and limbs, as well as the top of the ground. Lastly dot the sky with a scattering of snow flakes.

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