Images by Shannon Sweny-Stephens, art teacher at
Samuel Beck Elementary in Trophy Club, Texas.
ustrian artist Friedensreich
created works of art that
reflected his deeply held
beliefs that we are all stewards of the
earth, and, more importantly, that
individuals should have opportunities
to live and work in aesthetically pleas-
ing spaces. Balancing relationships
between the nature and the needs of
human inhabitants, Hundertwasser's
architectural designs and pictorial art-
works combine colorful organic lines
and shapes that make the art immedi-
ately recognizable and engaging.
Meaning and Inspiration
This lesson builds upon the concepts
promoted by the Hundertwasser
Foundation and offers ideas for guid-
ing young learners towards a deeper
understanding of important ideas
championed by the artist. Of par-
ticular significance is that students
respond to Hundertwasser's artwork
by finding meaning and inspiration
from it, rather than creating in-the-
Place students in small groups, then
distribute images of nature. Ask
students to describe what they see.
Encourage the use of terms such as
organic and nature. Point out that
nature rarely has straight lines.
Distribute or show images of
Hundertwasser's art or architecture.
Remind students of the vocabulary of
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Early Childhood Studio Lesson
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