After studying Gustav Klimt and his famous Tree of Life painting, 3rd graders created a symmetrical tree collograph. We discussed positive and negative space and printed with gold ink in the spirit of Klimt's favorite color.
After students printed, we discussed how artists know when an artwork is finished. Some of the responses were,
- "When all the steps are completed"
- "When the space is filled"
- "When the artist decides"
It was an interesting discussion as students pondered their decision making role in the creative process.