Sunday, January 26, 2014

Klimt Extension Activities

Metallic hues, areas of detail, distinctive backgrounds, and symbolism are all key stylistic components of Gustav Klimt’s work.  His paintings and murals provoked opposition in his day, but are widely popular now, and they have become some of the most expensive in the world. 


In the News:

As I mentioned in class, a treasure trove of artwork, was recently discovered hidden in a German apartment.  More than 1,400 pieces of art were seized from Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a Nazi art dealer.  It is expected that the works total over $1,000,000,000.00.  As this story plays out, it will be interesting to see what happens with these works as some could possibly have been looted from the Jews during WWII.  The statute of limitations has technically passed, but the true ownership of these pieces is sure to be of great debate.  (Parents, this link contains images of the female form, and there are advertisements in the sidebar.  Please preview to discern whether this is appropriate for your children)


Try using your metal embossing skills to create metallic greeting cards for your friends.  Just make sure to cut your metal before embossing it, or the scissors will distort your image.


Klimt love to use symbols in his work, and it is easy to find similar symbols all around us.
The language of the Bible is rich with metaphor.  Jesus presented himself as a shepherd, sower, light, bread, water, and much more.  What does it all mean?

The value of a symbol is in its ability to compress a lot of information into a simple concept.  It helps us to not only understand, but retain that information.  Everyone understands the job of a shepherd includes caring, directing, grooming, correcting, leading, and protecting.  This word picture gives us far greater depth of understanding of the love of of God for his people than a list of characteristics ever could.  Check it out for yourself: John 10

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Gustav Klimt

Some of the most expensive paintings in the world were created by Gustav Klimt.  He was inspired by Byzantine artwork, and used a lot of gold leaf and symbolism in his images.

Gustav Klimt
1862 - 1918

Note to parents: If you plan to get library books to round out your studies, you will probably want to stick to the children's section and pre-view them.  Klimt's primary subject was the female body.  This will be mentioned in class, but we will be conservative with the images that are shown.

In preparation for class, please place the image below where it can be viewed often. Click here for a printable image.
Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer
Oil, silver, and gold on canvas
Neue Gallery, New York
(public domain)

Just like Klimt, we are going to be working with metal when creating our artwork this month.  Our completed projects will be displayed in the CMC Urgent Care office in Bedford.  In order to complete this project, each student will need to bring the following items to class:

  • Prang crayons, minimum 8 color set - can be shared
  • Sharpie marker black -  can be shared
  • embossing foil 5x5 inch square (can be any color)  - 1 sheet per student
  • felt sheets, assorted colors, 9"x12" - these are only for pressing on and can be saved for next month's project.
  • pencil with an eraser (does not need to be an artist pencil) - 1 per student
  • optional: toothpick, or wooden skewer, 
  • optional: sandpaper or emery board.
  • optional: scotch tape

See you on Friday, January 17th at 6:30!