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Easy Klimt Art Lesson: Having Fun with Patterns

Here’s an easy Klimt art lesson that asks students to add their own background to one of his more famous paintings. A few similar projects are also linked below.

A Klimt Art Lesson, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.

Here’s an easy way to bring a Klimt art lesson to any classroom or home. It only requires a color print of a template, and a few black markers, and a love of drawing patterns.

Gustav Klimt was born in 1862 to a poor, Austrian gold engraver. He began his career paintings murals and ceilings in buildings.

Much of his early work was rather realistic in nature. Later in life though, he began to paint in a more innovative and imaginative way. His work eventually became very decorative and symbolic, which meant that many of his images had hidden meaning. Klimt would continue to develop his style of ornamentation throughout his life and it would become increasingly organic looking, in the Art Nouveau style. 

Now students can use part of one of Klimt’s most famous paintings “Adele Bloch-Bauer”, and experiment with adding their own patterns. Her face and hands have been saved, and the background erased so she is surrounded by an empty sheet paper.

The downloadable lesson includes directions that recommended drawing a basic shape of a woman, and then filling in those areas with as many different detailed patterns as students can think up. Not adding color of any sort, will give students time to make as many as possible, and create the most contrast.

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A step by step tutorial for drawing like Klimt, also available as a free download.

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Materials for the Klimt Art Lesson

  • Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
  • Pencils. I like how this brand always makes nice dark lines.
  • Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a dark black color.
  • Crayons. The larger packs are nice for more color choices.
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Directions for the Klimt Art Lesson

Time needed: 45 minutes

Klimt Pattern Project

  1. Start with a color template.

  2. Draw the main shapes of hair and clothes. Trace the lines with a thick black marker.

  3. Use a fine tip marker to fill in all the remaining spaces with patterns.

  4. Project inspiration: “Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer” by Gustav Klimt, 1907


Student Art from Spain

Thanks to Marta Almodovar, an English and Art Teacher in Spain, for sharing her student’s art

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  1. Of course! That’s why I share them! I’m sorry I only saw your message just now.

  2. may I use this template in a class that I am planning on teaching with Zentangle patterns? I would, of course give you full credit. TIA

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