ERIC Number: EJ849937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Biggs, Louise M.
Arts & Activities, v145 n3 p36-37, 54 Apr 2009
Many people have seen "The Kiss" (1907-08), an iconic artwork by Austrian Symbolist Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), but know little about its background. Since its creation, the sensual subject matter and lush golden patterns have been this culture's example of romantic love. The painting exemplifies Klimt's brand of Art Nouveau. Acceptance often eluded Klimt's artwork during his lifetime. The author has found that when she has a difficult time finding or affording visuals from a particular artist or art movement, online Internet searches are an excellent way to show examples of artworks to students. Such searches often allow students to gain richer, more in-depth information. In an effort to introduce her students to Klimt's artwork she created an Internet information search worksheet. Students used the Web sites to locate information that explained Klimt's artistic training as an architectural decorator. After locating general information about training, students identified the artistic influences on Klimt's artwork, including Egyptian, Minoan, Classical Greek and Byzantine art. To increase their depth of understanding, students compared the artwork of Albrecht Durer, Medieval European painting and Japanese Ukiyo-e. Because artists do not create in a vacuum, the author always stresses this type of cross-pollination of ideas in art and history with her students. Students eventually begin to comprehend that the unique styles of various artists are the wonderful result of their visual experiences.
Descriptors: Artists, Internet, Art History, Intellectual History, Painting (Visual Arts), Art Appreciation, Art Expression, Class Activities, Childrens Art, Technology Uses in Education
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