Fourth Graders looked at the work of Gustav Klimt. Klimt was inspired by the glittering mosaics he viewed in the Churches on a trip to Italy. Eventually, this led to Klimt using gold in his paintings. Students learned about the Art Nouveau style that Klimt was famous for- describing its characteristic features like curling vines, organic shapes based on plant forms, and flat repeated patterns. Finally we viewed his work Tree of Life which students used as inspiration for their art. Using gold paint students created their own stylized Art Nouveau tree.