Klimt Craft Class Debuts on Skillshare

Thursday, September 08, 2016

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I am excited about the launching of my fifth class on Skillshare.  If you have taken my previous classes on Kandinsky, Mondrian, Miro' or Klee, you will notice a couple of variations to our abstract art theme in this Klimt class:


  1. We are painting a bold design on a wood craft (an arrow).
  2. There is an optional bonus project on a mini birdhouse, just in case you want to explore different designs from Klimt's imagination.
This class focuses on the glittering, gorgeous designs of Klimt's portraiture from 1900 on.  We employ iridescent acrylic paints for the first time in this class.

Below is a list of art supplies specifically for this Klimt class.  And you can find books, films, and other links here in this Resource List.

Supplies for Klimt Class:
  • Acrylic or craft paints: Buy the best quality paints you can afford. At the end of the project, you'll be glad you did. For the arrow, I use the following paints:
    • Liquitex Soft Body Iridescent White
    • Liquitex Heavy Body Gold
    • Liquitex Heavy Body Silver
    • Liquitex Heavy Body Copper
    • Posca White Paint Marker
    • Posca Black Paint Marker

  • (Optional) Uni-Posca paint markers: These are the best acrylic paint markers I have ever used. My artist friends are crazy about these. They are not alcohol-based like poster markers, and they rarely drip. They also do not leave an oily residue (additive) on your painting.

  • Paintbrushes: Large, medium, and small sizes. I like to use flat, medium-sized brushes for most work. It's a good idea to keep a couple pointed round small brushes in your arsenal for fine detail work. Click on the guide below for more information.


  • Wood crafts:  I purchase an arrow and some miniature bird houses from my local hobby store.

  • Final touches: 
    • Spray fixative or satin finish. I suggest 2 coats of this spray layer. Many people stop here, and that's fine. Some artists prefer to continue the finishing process by applying a Gloss Medium or varnish (liquid). I suggest 2 coats of this transparent varnish applied to the canvas. 
    • Because I touched up some white paint with white paint marker, I sprayed the entire arrow with Modge Podge Pearl Glaze to re-establish the "sparkle factor" of my bottom iridescent white layer.
    • Gloss medium can also dilute thick paints, acting as an additive in a similar manner to water.  
    • I like to use gloss medium as the final sealant for my paintings. Remember you can apply it thickly if you want to create a 3D effect on the surface of your painting. 
    • I do not suggest applying gloss medium before you spray your canvas at least twice. If you skip the spray step, the medium might blend your surface color layers together.

  • Sketchbook, pencil, and sticky notes: 
    • Record and share your inspirational thoughts, interests, and words. These will help you communicate the emotions and ideas you want to convey in your project. 
    • Take photos of these and share to your social media accounts and to the Skillshare class project page. On Instagram and Twitter, use the hashtag #modernartmasters.




If you enroll in the class, please let me know about your experience.  I'm just over the wires on the other side of this fun thing we call the internet.  Don't hesitate to reach out!


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