Sunday, May 27, 2012

(G2, G3) The colorful world of Friedensreich Hunderwasser

For this project, we studied the work of the Viennese artist-architect Friedensreich Hunderwasser. We devoted an entire class period to looking and examining his work. We learned that his common theme in his work was bright colors, organic forms, spirals, domes, and his rejection of straight lines. We looked at pictures of his paintings and his fantasy homes. The students were amazed on the decorative quality of his line and the boldness of his colors. We discussed how he worked outside the traditional rules of modern architecture. He believed that man and nature should be one and so he created buildings that they were aesthetically pleasing, rejecting the tyranny of the straight line. The students loved his colors and patterns and they definitely understood his love of organic lines. In our second session, we decided to create a Hunderwasser-inspired work. In doing this, the students were free to incorporate their favorite motif from his work.  They created a work based either on his paintings or his architecture. We used three class periods to complete this project. Next year, I will design an entire unit based on the work of Friedensreich Hunderwasser.


Student comment: "I wish I lived in a house like this one. My house is boring." 

This student worked on the dome motif and created a colorful composition based on
Hunderwasser's love of curvy and organic lines.


Using black sharpies to create the organic lines. 

Student comment: "I don't want to use straight lines ever again."

This student is working on his anthropomorphic design. 

Student comment: "This is my fantasy house."


This students loved the lollipop trees of Hunderwasser.

The student used a CD to draw the circles and black sharpies to create the spiral design.

Student comment: "These are the prettiest trees ever."


Student comment: " The blue house is mine; the pink is my brother's and the orange is where my parents live."


  1. Hunderwasser knew the work of Antoni Gaudí and visited the city of Barcelona. His work reflects the influence of this great architect, the application of mosaic or "trencadís" and organic or natural forms to their buildings. Sounds like a great idea further in this great Viennese artist. A big hug and see you soon.

  2. Yes, and next year I want to connect the work of Antoni Gaudi with the work of Hunderwasser. I love the architecture of Antoni Gaudi.
    One of the reasons why I want to visit Barcelona one day.

  3. Your students were clearly taken by Hundertwasser's art.Wonderful work! And I love hearing all their comments, especially,"I don't want to use straight lines ever again." ha! :)

  4. I love Hundertwasser! Your children did a great work!

  5. Gorgeous!!! I've been thinking about including this artist next year and you have me sold.
    Love the process photos too! It is so neat to see it their art from start to finish.

  6. Your students did a wonderful job! I am developing some Hundertwasser lessons for next year! I love his work! I put up a bulletin board of his pieces this spring and the kids loved it! Thanks for sharing your lesson! :)

  7. First thank you very much for letting me know to Friedensreich Hunderwasser without doubt a great and creative artist. Secondly, I was totally amazed by the compositions of the students illustrate a pretty decent story, wonderful!

  8. You're right, great minds think alike! Very nice, I really enjoy the "lollipop" trees your students created. Great work!

  9. Quite interesting and cool ... I think a great idea.
    The art is in the heart.

    greetings friend

  10. Delicious "fantasy houses", note that this issue really enjoyed the students.

  11. Me too I love this artist. I also use it as inspiration for my students. Its architecture shows the influence of Gaudí. Your students have grasped very well his style.
    See you soon!

  12. Que trabajos tan hermosos, me encantan los colores tan vivos y brillantes. Felicitaciones!!!!

    Saludos a todos!!!!!. Laura.

  13. è bello vedere come stimoli i ragazzi con nuove sfide!
    Complimenti a te e a tutti i tuoi artisti!!
    Un abbraccio!

  14. AnonymousMay 27, 2014

    I'm extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?
    Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it's rare
    to see a nice blog like this one nowadays.

    My web page; magic flight