We have loved focusing on the artist, Gustav Klimt through out February. My littles and I have had many conversations about his paintings and what they liked/disliked about them. For the most part, they were all enamored with his paintings from his ‘golden years’.
My littles were off school for 10+ days in February and I tried to come up with various activities for them. On one of those days I made them a fresh batch of salt dough and they eagerly got busy sculpting. After playing with the dough for awhile they each made their final sculpture. My middle little made a turtle, my oldest a chameleon and my littlest a butterfly.
The recipe I used for the salt dough was super easy …
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups white flour
- 3/4 cup boiling water
Combine salt + flour, then add the water + mix together until a dough forms. You may not need all the water, you do not want your dough to be sticky.
Once they were done their sculptures, we placed them on a tray lined with parchment and let them air dry over night. The next day they were eager to start painting them. Here is where their craft took an unexpected, but amazing turn … They chatted for abit about how they should paint their animals and then they all decided that it would be cool to paint their sculptures like their favorite Klimt paintings! So they all grabbed a Klimt book, flipped to their favorite paintings and got to work painting their animals.
They were excited to tell me their idea and so proud of what they came up with. I could not have planned this activity any better! I love that they are thinking so creatively and all on their own!
My oldest was inspired by Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. He loved the golden colors and all the geometric shapes in the painting. He did such a great job interpreting the painting onto his chameleon and it turned out amazing!
My littlest chose The Kiss. She too liked the painting because of the golden colors and all the flowers. I love her simple interpretation for her butterfly. It turned out so perfect!
My middle little chose the painting Death and Life. He was drawn to the contrasting colors in the painting and liked how Klimt used dark, cool colors to represent death and bright, warm colors to represent life. He also liked the skeleton head on death … we kind of have a thing for skulls around here. He painted his frog wonderfully and he was so happy with how it turned out!
I loved watching them reference their favorite Klimt paintings and interpreting them into something that was all their own. The best part was how happy and proud they were of their creations! Gustav Klimt has been such an inspiring artist for them to learn about!