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Gustav Klimt Art Project

To create a piece of artwork reflecting that of Gustav Klimt, it is helpful to observe one of his images as a reference. For this project, we will look at Klimt's painting The Kiss.

For this project, we will look at Klimt's painting The Kiss.

As you can see in the painting, Klimt uses a series of intricate, repetitive patterns. Almost all of the canvas is heavily patterned or clad in gold, all that remains are the areas of flesh showing – the hands, faces and feet of the subjects. This project is a study of pattern, so the smooth, delicately painted areas of skin can be kept as a link to the original.

This project is a study of pattern, so the smooth, delicately painted areas of skin can be kept as a guide.

Print out a copy of the original painting, and cut around the areas of skin to use on your artwork. Stick them onto the paper or canvas you are going to use for your work as shown above. As you can see, It's quite difficult to see what's going on in this image, the heads, arms and feet appear to be floating in mid-air. To help resolve this, we advise adding some lines as a guide. Either trace them from the original image or you could print a copy of the image below to help you. If you are feeling brave, why not try and draw the guidelines yourself, showing the shape of the couples flowing clothing and the floor below them.

To help resolve this, you want to add some lines as a guide

Now the technical side of the project is complete, this is where the fun begins. As we stated before, this is a study of pattern. The wide variety of marks, symbols and patterns Klimt used is almost endless so this is an opportunity for you to go crazy with pattern. Before we continue, here are the examples of Klimt's patterns from just a small handful of his paintings – the variety is amazing!

his work is intricately decorated with patterns. When looking at his work you notice the repetition of pattern, shape and symbols.

Use the blank image you have created or printed and start adding pattern, the more colour and detail the better. You may wish to include some of Klimt's patterns, or go crazy and experiment with a completely unique design that showcases your own ideas and techniques. If you feel the need to draw out the patterns you want to use with a pencil first, you can, but the fun is in the expressive marks so why not go straight in with the colour. Here's our version, both with and without colour.

Here's our version, both with and without colour.

Gustav Klimt

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