Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an Austrian artist, born in 1928. He had a diverse practise that incorporated drawing, painting and printmaking. Hundertwasser was known as an artist, architect, writer, designer and environmental activist.
In his practice, he worked towards a “dream-state” that strived to create a better world. This motif stemmed from his personal experience of the Second World War. His is was full of colour and strong imagery, he is well known rejected the straight line. He often mixed landscapes and portraiture together, creating a unique and distinctive style. The art activities in this unit of work focus on shape, colour and line.
In 1890, he was doing well enough to purchase his famous property in Giverny. Here he built a studio, greenhouse, gardens and lily ponds, which would become the subject of his most famous works; in these famous works he explored colour, light and atmosphere. The art activities in this module will experiment with colour and light through paint application and layering methods; caricatures will also be explored.
Suitable for Victorian Curriculum Levels: F – 6
Kylie began her professional career working on special exhibitions at the NGV including the Van Gogh, Brett Whitely and Matisse exhibitions. Her passion for people, art and culture saw her become a dedicated traveller. For over ten years she balanced working as a secondary art teacher, travelling and working in galleries. During this time Kylie worked for the TATE Gallery in London on several major shows, including the Mondrian and Turner shows.
Kylie now balances her time between teaching, making art and working as a consultant for Zart. She is currently working on a new Zart Online Professional Learning Series and travels internationally to present Professional learning workshops.
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Friedensreich Hundertwasser – Online Learning Module 1:Observational Drawing
The opposite of observational drawing is imaginative drawing. This is the act of drawing images that are in your head. This unit explores techniques to engage students in the development of a drawn city-scape.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser – Online Learning Module 2: Contour Exploration
This unit reflects on Hundertwasser’s work and his use of contour line. Students will explore starting points and line repetition to create an exciting artwork.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser – Online Learning Module 3: City Landscape Hundertwasser Style
Referring to previous Hundertwasser units, we now combine contour drawing and the building block observational drawing. Students will select shapes to use such as buildings, trees to create vibrant background and foregrounds for a finished art piece.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser – Online Learning Module 4: Hundertwasser Mixed Media Fantasy World
Discussed are some of the images of Hundertwasser which relate to small buildings and family homes. Observing the textures, materials which might give a similar “look” to the artists images are utilised. This unit is about collaging a unique creation inspired by the artists techniques.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser – Online Learning Module 5: Hundertwasser Architecture
To create a freestanding sculpture of a house/houses based on Hundertwasser 3D works. This is a unit on construction. Inspired by the artists plans and buildings that he designed, gives the opportunity to build a coloured cardboard city. The activities reflect on contours, patterns and shape which all culminate in a collaborative display.