Gustav Klimt Inspired Quilts
The third graders have been studying the principal of design pattern in art class. Patterns can be found everywhere you look, in clothes, furniture, buildings, and animals. The students studied examples of Gustav Klimt's art work and located the different patterns that he used in his compositions. They discovered that his style of painting, called Art Nouveau, was a style that was based on stylized plant forms and the free flowing lines of nature. The students combined these characteristics and concentric shapes to fill their quilts with patterns of their own using permanent marker and metallic paint pens. The students painted in their quilts with different tints. A tint is a lighter value of a color which is created when the artist mixes the color with white. We looked at Klimt's painting "Baby" for inspiration, but the third graders choose who or what was lying in their quilts.