Gustav Klimt uses abstract imagery coupled with realistic painting techniques in order to juxtapose the two together, creating a beautiful dichotomy. Seventh graders at Marshall Simonds Middle School learned about pattern design, the art of Gustav Klimt, and also learned how to professionally photograph art. What I love about these designs is that they empower students to feel like they can make art by focusing on patterns and shapes. The designs were a lot of fun as well. Take a look at how students took their figure and created shapes and patterns that worked with the figure in some way (either the figure's pose, clothing, or mood).
I teach art at Burlington High School in Burlington, Massachusetts. My goals include teaching my students to live and thrive with 21st century learning skills while helping them to learn valuable creative artistic thinking and technical skill.