May 11, 2012

Draw Klimt’s Tree of Life

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was an Austrian painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau movement. His wonderfully abstract “Tree of Life” can be fun and relatively easy to draw when you break it down into steps.
1. Draw center tree trunk.
2. Add one curvy branch to the right and one to the left.
3. Center two more curvy branches on either side. Draw the ground line behind the tree.
4. Add small curvy branches wherever space allows.
5. Add small abstract triangle leaves and mushroom shapes.
6. Add abstract designs inside the tree and on the ground. Erase the lines where the the branches are added on.
7. Trace all the lines with a permanent black marker. Color the tree and background as desired. Gold and rich colors were often featured in Klimt’s work.

2 comments:

Rikelle said...

This is fantastic!

The Hill Hangout said...

I have linked to this great idea in an upcoming blog post on summer art projects for kids. I'd like to use your photo of the finished project as well, with your permission. I love Klimt and will be doing this project with my girls this summer. I have also included your rainbow collage and would like to use that photo as well. Thanks so much!