Elegant Art Nouveau

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Elegant Art Nouveau


Fontes, Kris, School Arts


Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), a Viennese painter, was the founder of the Vienna Secession, the Austrian Art Nouveau movement. Art Nouveau is characterised by flowing lines and flat designs based on organic structures. This style is found in the symbolic aspect of Klimt's later work, and in the works of other artists of the late 1890s and early 1900s such as Hector Guimard, Arthur Lasenby Liberty, Louis Sullivan, William Morris, and Aubrey Beardsley.

Objectives

Students will:

* identify the work of Gustav Klimt

* describe some of the characteristics of Art Nouveau

* use the art elements of line, shape, and texture

* use the art principles of emphasis and repetition

* use art tools safely

Materials

magazines, glue, gold scratchboard, scratch knives and holders

Resources

* reproductions of works by Klimt, especially those that are highly embellished and ornamental

* The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones

Vocabulary

Art Nouveau, emphasis, organic shape

Assessment

Did the student use many different lines and textures? Did the student emphasize one area more than the other? Did the student capture the essence of Gustav Klimt's decorative style? …

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