Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw the Tree of Life and a Tree of Life Coloring Page. It borrows a few fun ideas from Gustav Klimt’s famous Tree of Life painting.
Tree of Life Drawing
Artists have been drawing stylized trees for centuries, and some can get pretty complex. This tutorial will show students how to draw the Tree of Life with lots of curly details, but taking them on one step at a time. It was inspired by an artist named Gustav Klimt, who liked to lots of symbols in his work. Hence, the triangles for leaves, stars for flowers, ovals for tree rings, and so on.
Gustav Klimt, an Austrian artist, created his “Tree of Life” painting in the early 1900s. He was interested in the decorative qualities of art, because lots of artists before him were still making very dark and conservative work. He helped to start a group called the Vienna Secession, who were artists rebelling against the old way, and wanted new ideas for the turn of the century.
By borrowing a few of Klimt’s ideas, and his obvious love of curly shapes, students can see what happens when they draw the fanciest tree they can imagine!
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Tree of Life Coloring Page
Materials for Tree of Life Drawing
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Directions to Draw Tree of Life Step by Step
Time needed: 1 hour.
Draw the Tree of Life
- Start two curly sides of the tree.
- Complete the top curvy branches.
- Draw the ground line and the lower branches.
- Add two middle branches.
- Starting at the bottom, add smaller branches.
- Continue adding smaller branches.
- Add decorative shapes: triangles, mushrooms, spots.
- Add flowers and decorations to the ground.
- Trace with a marker and color with crayons.