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This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Playing in the mud with Gustav Klimt - Grade 2

It is the end of the school year and most art teachers find themselves with a lot of leftover paint.  Since we have been busy this past month mixing secondary colors I felt the logical use of the extra paint would be to mix them all together to get some neutral tones.  I explained to the students it would be like playing in the mud.  Their palette's consisted of warm and cool colors and I had them mix away.  The only rule was to mix a warm with a cool.  I did a demonstration showing them what happens when you mix complimentary colors.  Next we looked at Gustav Klimt's Tree of Life painting.  The neutral color tones we created were used to create the swirling lines of the branches.  I dug around in my craft closet and found a box of glittering jewels that were perfect for the leaves.   The students of course thought it was great to be able to glue them down with wild abandon on their trees.  All in all it was a pertinent lesson which enabled the students to experiment with color, review line, and have fun with a low key lesson perfect for the end of the year.


  1. I love Klimt, and this art lesson. What a great idea! I'm so used to telling the kids to keep the warm and cool colors separate, it's refreshing to actually allow them to.

  2. Pretty cool! I always struggled with how to present Chuck Close for kids. This is a great lesson.



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