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An art history moment -Paint like the artist Klimt

teacher avatar Doris Charest, Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor

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Love art and want to learn a few new techniques?  This is the course for you.  In this course, you will learn how to paint like the Austrian artist, Gustave Klimt.  He created beautiful paintings with varied designs using bold colours and gold.  He is best know for his figures with flowing dresses filled with patterns and designs.  I will show you how to make your own version of a Klimt painting step-by-step.  We will start with a drawing, transfer it then add paint. Adding gold is the last step.  You will finish with a figure with beautiful dress and a patterned background.   Come paint with me.  We will have fun!

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Doris Charest

Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor


Doris Charest - Biography


BED University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

BFA University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

MED University of Alberta, AB

Mixed media is Doris' favorite favorite form of painting . She loves exploring with textures, shapes, and a more contemporary look. Nature and the world around her inspires Doris. Her love of texture won her the Allessandra Bisselli Award and a First Place in a Still Life show with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver. Look for Doris Charest's work in the American Magazine: Sommerset Studio (Summer, 2007) and British Magazine: Leisure Painter. Both feature a three pages of Doris' artwork. She won the Sylvie Brabant award in 2011 for her work in the art community. In 2013 she won First Place for he... See full profile

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1. 1: Welcome to the art history moment, Siris. In this series, we will look at different artists from history and try out some of their techniques are very first, artist is clipped, and what I love about his technique is the gold we're going to learn to simplify and then add gold. Clint is one of the most famous artists and one of my favorite, so just give you a little background. I have a bachelor's and fine arts and the masters and visual art education. I love mixed media, using different kinds of techniques and experimenting. I love art and teaching art, and that's why I'm here. And I love very contemporary art. Now the techniques I present in thes are very simple basic techniques. We don't go into a lot of detail. I'm giving you the basics of the techniques on Lee. So Gustav clipped was Austrian and he was a symbolist painter. That means he was one of the first to get away from super realism what he painted with considered symbols of what was really there. He would take basic, realistic elements and then change them a bit. That's what we're going to do, he is noted for his paintings, his murals, his sketches. He was good at everything. His primary subject was a female Bonnie. He also painted landscapes, but not that many. He was influenced by Japanese art and its methods, what he became known for the most where his female figures with gold patterns on the dresses and the blankets and the background. They're totally beautiful, and you'll see that when you get going, look at this female and look at the patterns. Those patterns are not found in riel life clothing. He just added the patterns and created the design to make the whole painting interesting. Clint became one of the founding members and president of the Vienna Secession, one of the groups to break away from realism. The goals of the group were to provide exhibition for unconventional artists. And that's what he waas Ah, young, unconventional artist after 1900 Clamped started his Siri's known as the Golden Phase, and this is an example as the one before off how he would take realistic figures and then add patterns and designs behind them. Many many of his paintings include gold leaf clips. Golden Phase was really popular, and this is when he became financially solvent. He was a really struggling artist before that. I love his port. It's off women and Children the best. That was also what he loved the best. He painted canvases between 1907 1909 of society women. This is what really made him famous, and it showed how he loved costumes and he loved fabric and all the designs that come with it. Here's one of my favorites to call the kiss and then on the right, see the drawing, see how good he was. A drawing. Here's a detail of the kiss all the little gold splatters in the background, the designs in the hair, the designs of the blanket, those in the things that we're going to use in our serious. For this exercise, you're going to need acrylic paint, gold paint or gold foil. One or two brushes, one painting service. By that, I mean a canvas or a paper the size you like. If you're a beginner, I recommend starting with an eight by 10. If you're more advanced, you can work larger if you want, so do this part. Now get your materials and see you in the next section 2. 2: now here's the exercise. What is really fun about clips? Style is the use of gold and the use of pattern on clothing and blankets, and that's what we're going to do. The first step is to draw your design on your canvas or your paper in the video. What I'm going to do is show you how to do it on paper and then transfer. I often don't like drawing straight onto the canvas because it's really hard to erase roofs up the surface of the Countess, and I don't like that. But you can if you want. Then you'll need to put the main colors in blocking in and then start with large areas of your design. Then you add even more detail those air the steps. But first we'll start with the drawing. So this is the model of the painting we're going to do. We won't do something exactly the same. We're just going to do something similar. I am lousy at copying and making everything the same, and I really don't like doing too of the same thing. So let's watch the first step for the drawing here is the video. So here's the start off the painting, and we're going to just do the drawing first. So here's the canvas, and I chose a gallery wrapped canvas. What I do is I draw around the campus, and then I'm going to draw the design exactly the right sign, so I don't have to change it. I'm going to start with just a little head and neck and some hair and see you want to keep it simple. Very basic designs, hardly any detail. In the beginning, you want as little detail as possible, and you'll see as I go along, I'm going to change my mind on some things. So you're allowed. You're allowed to do that, so don't be afraid to change your mind. So here's like a basic figure, and you just draw it. I like the skirt to be large and then flowing, because that's where we get to put all that detail. And it's the most fun part, and we're going to have long hair and remember that in the detail. The long hair is one of the last features. Then I want a halo around the head. That first circle wasn't in the right spot, so I'm just going to change it, and then I'm going to add a few more details. This is a step where you can erase and draw and redraw and change things around. This is where you're allowed to make any changes you want. I kind of want, like a halo effect that's a little bit more of a design. So here we go. I'm adding the design inside the halo. I'm going to turn the shape into a dress and not just a body. I don't want to put every little finger and fingernail in there. I want simple, basic designs. I want the attention to be on the dress and all the designs that go with it. So do this step now and we'll see you in the next section. 3. 3: now for the easy part, we're going to transfer the drawing that we did in the last part. I actually tweaked it a little bit in between scenes, so you, but you'll see how this is done. Let's watch the video. So here's the drawing. So you what you do is you take your pencil and dark in the back. Now at HB Pencil works A to B pencil is better because it's softer and makes a darker mark . So you blacken the back off the drawing wherever you did any pencil work, wherever the drawing is. So just fill it up and get it nice and dark, and then get your canvas just like that one, and you put it on top and put it right where it should be, and then you trace. Now I've speeded up the camera for this because it's so boring to watch somebody trays. But here's what we do. We just trace the whole thing, and then you retrace it on the actual canvas. So if the lines are very faint and they weren't dark enough for the camera, so I just am darkening thumb again, if you're okay with nice light lines you could leave it at that, then just work from that. If you're a beginner, I suggest retracing it and making the changes that you want. Now I've decided to add an extra circle, so I'm doing that now. Also, remember that this is not set in stone. You can still change the drawing. All you have to do is kind of just paint over it in the end. Now I'm going to add some details. Freehand. You can draw all these ahead of time if you want and transfer them. That's OK. This is it. That's all you need to do for this step. So do that now and then we'll see you in the next section. Now here's an example of what the drawing looks like and then what the transfer looks like . 4. 4: we start painting now, that's the first step. Choose any colors you like. I'm not telling you what colors you need. Pick your favorite colors. Those are usually the ones that work the best. The first step is blocking in, and that means filling up the background space on the canvas. Let's watch the video, and you can see how it's done. So to save you a bit of time of watching, I should say What I've done is I've started the blocking in. So as you can see, it's just plain flat color in every single space. You want to cover up all the large areas now, like the green part. I will probably do a second coat because I don't like those brush marks. And then this is the time to change your mind about colors. If there's a certain color you don't like, you can change it. So it's easy feel in all the colors, all the basic shapes and whatever colors you like. Now I didn't like that brown color, so I'm covering it up with blue all around the circle. You don't need to do a lot of fancy work. This is just feeling in at this point, and I'm going to add several layers of that color, just making a nice flat color. And that's the trick, really. Fill in the areas, the large areas until there's no more white left. If you go over the lines, a little bit like I did were around the head of the figure. Don't worry, we can paint over it later. That's not a big deal. Just make sure you get a nice even color everywhere. Just keep painting until the layers are all covered. Now I pick colors that go well together. I picked red, and I picked blue and green, so these are opposites on the color wheel. If you look at the color wheel, red and green are opposites and there's a blue that's close. So just filling the colors and we'll see you in the next section. 5. 5: designs are everywhere, and we're going to start looking for designs to put on our art piece. So where you can look, you can look at fabrics. You can look at coloring pages. You can look at magazines. You confined designs absolutely everywhere. There also books in the library and online about um, There are also books and in the library. There are also books in the library and online that give you ideas for images or designs that you can use for your painting. All you have to do is look him up. Now let's watch the video and see how the first designs are introduced. So here we have the basic shapes, and I'm going to start with just little curlicues with the brush, repeating the design without a lot of detail. So some of them are better than others. They noticed that they're not perfect. What you want is something that looks, that's me. What you want is something that looks like it's made by human being, so don't worry about them being perfectly the same. That's not important. I've speeded up the video so that it's not so boring for you to watch me paint and it's just adding the basic details. So what we're going to do is add one layer and then repeat, let it dry and then repeat some more details Now. I didn't like what I did just there, and I erased it, so that really helps. And now, because I've used that color in two different places, I'm going to add color that color elsewhere. So I'm just gonna add that line and just vary the color. So it's often a good idea that if you use a color once you repeat it and you repeat it in an odd number of times. So I've used that color three times. So 357 that kind of idea. This is just like the letter you and the way you place it. By making it off center like that, it kind of looks like, um, skin, reptile skin or loops or embroidery or also crushing so it could be any kind of pattern. Uh, and it could come from anywhere. Usually it's beautiful when you double it up and add more color into it. It's a great design, So as you get closer to the bottom of the skirt, you can get a little larger with your designs, and that fills it right up and gives you a nice basic pattern. Now the paint gets really wet, so eventually what you end up doing is stopping simply because there's areas there too wet and you can't go and a paint some more. So now what I'm doing is adding a little goal to the original design and creating another dimension. It makes. Um, make sure that you don't cover everything up. Just leave a little bit of that background color when you add another color on top. Gives it another dimension. Looks really nice, actually. So just remember to do that part. I've added gold around the circle as well, so there's gold in several different areas. Now we're going to add a bit of blue to recreate that halo effect, but with a light blue this time now, this is basic shapes and basic colors, Um, and just very simple designs. I want you to look in different places for your designs and try and come up with something that you really like. Let's do this part now and then we'll see you in the next section 6. 6: Now it's going to get harder because as you include more information, it gets harder and harder to find designs that work together. Keep looking. Keep looking at magazines, clothing, anything around you. Nature is wonderful. Look very carefully into the details and you'll see great designs. Now. I had a little accident with my camera and some of the footage got lost. So here I'm showing you some of the designs that were the second step that's been missed. But I don't think it's anything you can't recover from. I really did no want to start again and make it just like the one that created before. So instead you're getting a started version of Level two and I apologize for that. Um, I am just not good at repeating things and making them look exactly like they were before. I'm more of a free hand spirit, and I like to create something new every time. So all that really happened is I'm. I've added different colors and different levels of color for each design, just a boat, and now I'm adding 1/3 color to the U shape. As you can see, I've added squares on top of the red line and then green circles on top. The idea is to repeat color, so if I use a color in one section than I use it in the next, now I'm adding some of that gold yellow as a docked in the curly sections, and that adds interest to those areas. And I want to add a little bit of gold into the stripes right there. If you look on the other side, you can see that I've added at least three or four different levels of color on the original painting, the original example. So I have light blue with dark blue squares and then a purple square. On top of that, I have laid blue circles with a purple circle, and then the black docked on top, and I vary the sizes, but I repeat similar colors. My curlicues have blue and orange and then yellow. Here, you can see that I've added white on top of the little green dot because I thought it needed it needed a little something extra. Now I'm going to add the hair. Now the body itself needs a lot of tweaking, so the hair is going to help with that will make the hair go right over the arms, and it's going to help fix the shape somewhat. So if I add black in one spot, don't forget you have to add black and other spots. So here I'm adding black dots between the circles around the halo off the female figure. Just like that, and I've done the same thing with the other project. I'm adding different layers of details. Sometimes I stopped and let the paint dry. If you're at home and you're doing this in the evening, you could do a few designs. Let them dry. Come back the next night, do a few more and just repeat that you don't have to do everything in one sitting. In fact, it's probably better you stretch it out. You get more ideas for different designs. Now I'm going to add that black dot in the middle of the U shape that helps extend the eye from the black on the head of the Figure two. Uh, the skirt and that skirt is lovely. The design is totally awesome all the time. So if you look on the right hand side with the original example again, I've repeated the orange color. I've repeated the red color, and I took some of the yellow and gold from the bottom of the skirt and put it at the top. So this is what I'm doing right now. I'm repeating different, uh, shapes, and I'm using a different color to do it. So just a few dots for the address make it look a little fancy. And then I think I should break up those stripes or not one side of the skirt and I have to think about that. So I'm going to add black furs and just break up that long line. It just draws Theo. I I away from the figure and I don't want that. And if I incorporate a little design, it look way better. No, I'm adding another layer of color to the curly design. A light color. This time I thought it was getting a little too dark, so I'm just adding a bit of color. There a nice light off white or beige color. I added a dot in this green circle because that green circle didn't make the design pop. You want a designed to stand out. I guess that's the right word you want to designed to stand out from whatever is going around it. Now. This is design on top of design, so you really have to think about what you're going to add. You want to create similar shapes, but not drastically different shapes, either. So I'm just going to turn it around so you can see it better. If you look carefully. There's red background Gray square, green circle, white circle, three different colors for a further U shape. The curly cues have three different colors, plus 1/4 if you add the DOT that was added to it. Then there's the circles around the halo, different colors. Again, I'm going to continue to tweak it in the next section. I'll show you how to add goal in that circular red shape I like to use ran as a background for gold. When the red pops through against the gold, it looks beautiful. So do this part now and we'll see you in the next section 7. 7: we're going to add gold at this step. For this part, you will need gold leaf or imitation gold leaf if you get the real gold leaf. It's very, very expensive acrylic gel and gold paint. Or you can use gold paint or gold leaf or both. Let's watch the video. Here we have the original image and the new image. And to start the gold leaf, you're going to use just regular gel and spread it over the area that you would like to add gold to. I cover most of the area, but sometimes I like to leave a little bit of the red because the red and the gold look really good together. And here I am. Here's the gold leaf and it comes in sheets, and I've already used parts of this sheet and then in the little bits you can add by yourself. Or sometimes what I do is I'll take a whole sheet just like that and stick it on top of the gel and just let it fall where it may and where the gold leaf touches the gel, it will stick. So don't worry too much about a getting it perfectly on Now you have to let this part dry. This is really important. If it tears. Don't worry, because often little cracks of red look wonderful. You can patch it up now, or you can patch it up later, even just take little bits off the gold and just put it on top of the gel. It takes about 15 20 minutes for the gold to dry. Really, it's not the Golda dries. It's the jail. Just gently patted down and see what happens. Wherever the gel touches the gold or of the gold touches the gel, it will stick. If there's any of the parts that tear, don't worry about it. That red color behind the gold is beautiful. Once you take it out in these little bits of gold, peak out. It's just wonderful. It's totally gorgeous. So the other option is to take little bits of the edges of the gold and stick it on the gel it. Then you leave it for, um, 15 20 minutes. If you live in a more humid climate, then you should really wait, at least, ah, 45 minutes, maybe up to an hour for it to dry. The gel does take some time to dry. It's very sticky on the fingers, as you can see, but now it's time to let it sit. If you want, you could paint around it, but it's just easier to let it sent. You could do this one evening and come back the next evening, just like this. And here I'm going to show you how to take the gold off. You need a dry brush, a wet brush does not work, and you just brush the gold off. As you can see, I speeded up the camera just so it's faster for you now. There's a lot of static, so things will stick quite a bit. What you want to do is keep brushing until all the gold has come off the areas that it did not stick. You think you can wipe your brush and then folded over into the papers and use it for the next project. I'm now I'm going to add a little bit of gold because because there's gold at the top right there. I want to repeat some of the gold areas, and here I'm going put thoughts of gold on the black. Keep in mind that I tweak thes projects for a long time before I'm actually finished. Sometimes I will tweak a few things one day, walked by the next and see something else that needs work. It takes time, so don't be afraid to take a week, two weeks to kind of add little details here and there. Here you're seeing a speeded up version, but even after this course, what I'm going to do is keep tweaking it until I'm happy with the end product. Even though I am happy at the end of this video, I find that an artist is never done here. I'm adding little gold dots just to increase the interest in the dress. Repetition is good. See how now my eye goes down to the dress because there's little bits of gold just like the ones at the top. So that's one thing that's really wonderful. I would keep doing this for a long time, trying to find little bits of design now clamped, took months, even close two years to complete some of his paintings. So keep that in mind. He was not alone in taking time to finish the pieces the way he liked them. Now I'm going to add a little necklace to the dress, just black dots. And later on, what I'm going to do is add little gold dots on the top just to make it look like jewelry. Now this woman has a scarf that's flowing on the side, and this could either be a gloved hand or part of the scarf or part of the built personally . For me, it's part of the belt off the dress and the scarf. She's holding over her arm and we can't see it. No for the black of the here, and I'm going to keep tweaking it until I'm really happy. I want the hair toe flow down and guide my eye, but also looked like she really does have long hair that's flowing as she's there, dancing now for the black line that goes around and see how the gold the paint separates over the gold. So now I've added details, and you can see lots of different ideas for you to use. See me in the next section. I have more ideas there in the conclusion. See you soon 8. 8: Now here's the two projects. More ideas for you When you're choosing design, Look at plants plans her a wonderful source of designs. Another idea is to look very closely at even something like fingernails. Ah, the shape of eyes And copy those elements. You can use anything for design, so have fun with this and look at different kinds of designs everywhere in the world will teach you a new way to see It's a wonderful world Once you can see Clamped is a wonderful artist and we can learn a lot from him. His exaggerated use of design and his use of gold make for beautiful paintings ideas that you can use in your own special way. Tell me, what did you like the best? Now look for my next art history moment. We're going to learn to paint like money. So see you in the next left in. Bye. For now