Klimt Inspired Paintings

 My proud 5yo son, Manolo, and his Klimt inspired Painting.

My proud 5yo son, Manolo, and his Klimt inspired Painting.

SUPPLIES

Watercolor Paper

Liquid Watercolors (or any kind of paint) in warm Tones (yellow, orange, brown, red, golden)

Black Calligraphy Ink (or you can use black sharpies if that's what you have at hand)

Golden Glitter Glue (optional) or Glue with some golden glitter added to it

Brushes

This is a simple invitation to create that I first set it up for my boys, inspired by a beautiful book about Klimt called "The Magical Tree".  After reading the book and looking at the beautiful illustrations and at Klimt's art I brought out the paper, the black ink and a skinny brush.  We then talked about the patterns they saw on the book and I asked them to think like Klimt and make their own patterns using the ink.

 Lilian (4.5) working on her patterns.

Lilian (4.5) working on her patterns.

Once they all had their black patterns covering the whole paper, I brought out the paints, a cup of water, and the brushes and they started painting using all the warm colors I set up.  They did a fabulous job and even tried mixing colors to get new shades.  Every single painting was a framer. Seriously.

 Manolo painting his patterns.

Manolo painting his patterns.

Every kid loves glitter right? So the cherry on our "klimt pie" was this golden glitter glue I nailed at a Dollar Tree. Many of them hey used it liberally creating more shapes on top of the paint, and other simple spread it using a brush on some parts. The end result was truly beautiful!

 Gaby (4.5) adding some glitter glue with a brush.

Gaby (4.5) adding some glitter glue with a brush.

 Alex (7) and her finished painting.

Alex (7) and her finished painting.

The Value of Things

"He died of Boredom," said no one ever.