Celebrate Gustav Klimt’s 150th with Some Fun Art Projects

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Gustav Klimt was born today, 150 years ago. (Technically it was yesterday, because he lived in Austria, but the date is July 14th, so I’m posting about it today. Hrmph.)

Since he’s a big favorite in the art projects for kids circuit, here are some great projects to peruse and choose from. Or, heck, why don’t you just sit down and make your kids do them ALL today. They’ll never forget who Klimt is.


1. Deep Space Sparkle is such an awesome resource for art projects for kids. This post from 2007 incorporates metallic paint, oil pastels and collage materials for kids to make their own “Klimt Ladies“. 6 and up.




2. This project looks like it would give really satisfying results. You start with dark paper and add metallic gel markers and oil pastels for the drawing. From The Art Fairy. I’d say this would be a good project for 6 and up.

klimt tree drawing project


3. This project from Kinder Art focuses on the use of pattern Klimt is noted for- plus they include a short biography of the artist and will work with kids ages 4 and up.

klimt kinder art project


4. This cool project gives kids the opportunity to work with scratch board and magazine collage. It lends a contemporary spin to old Gus, and sneaks in a little art history as well when it touches on the Art Nouveau movement.

klimt scratch board art project for older kids

More info. about this project can be found at the Incredible @rt Department site.

klimt scratch board art project for older kids

Here are links to books and supplies referenced in these projects:


pattern reference book

klimt and his cat book


klimt tree of life poster

klimt kiss art poster

Art Materials:

gold scratchboard

gold scratchboard


scratchboard tools

scratchboard tools



metallic tempera paints

metallic tempera paints


metallic gel markers

metallic gel markers


crayola oil pastels

crayola oil pastels



  1. 07/14/2012 / 6:54 pm

    Such a unique style and great project ideas. Deep Space Sparkle looks really cool too! Want some of that scratch board, sparkle paint, and that awesome poster with the tree.

  2. 07/14/2012 / 9:26 pm

    Love Klimt especially after going to Vienna 15 years ago. There’s something timeless about his work too.

  3. 07/15/2012 / 1:26 pm

    I’d love to go to Vienna- that must have been an incredible trip!

  4. 07/15/2012 / 1:28 pm

    They look fun, don’t they? I think we’re going to try the gold scratchboard one.

  5. Krista
    07/18/2012 / 11:28 pm

    Another of my favorite artist of all time!

  6. 10/06/2012 / 11:46 am

    Great roundup of Klimt projects!

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