Monday, October 8, 2012

Lollipop trees, in the style of Hundertwasser

Made by a student of grade 2


Hundertwasser (1928-2000) was an Austrian artist and architect who is best known for the colourful buildings he designed, built with attention to the environment and nature. The buildings of Hundertwasser are very recognizable: straight lines are missing, there is use of bright colours and many of his buildings have typical turrets. The influence of architect Gaudi is very obvious.

The paintings of Hundertwasser have exuberant colours too and mainly undulating lines.


Show buildings of Hundertwasser on the digital board. Discuss the salient features: bright colours, undulating lines. Then show some paintings and discuss the things that stand out:


the use of small areas outlined with black

no straight lines, usually parallel lines

recurring spiral shapes

bright colours


Ask students what they think of by seeing those spirals.  Probably they see real lollipops in them!  Lollipop trees, that's what we're going to draw today! Demonstrate the drawing of a spiral, starting in the middle.

You need:

  1. white drawing sheet 35 by 35 cm

  2. black construction sheet

  3. white drawing paper 35 by 35 cm
  4. black construction paper
  5. pieces of sponge
  6. tempera paint
  7. gold and silver markers, wide and small
  8. round shapes to trace
  9. scissors and glue
  10. black oil pastel

Stamp the white sheet with sponge prints in colours you like and put the work out to dry. Trace on black paper round shapes in different sizesDraw spirals in them with gold or silver markers. Fill the space between the lines with patterns in gold or silver and cut the circles.

Create a composition of lollipops on the stamped sheet and paste them. Pull lines from the lollipops to the bottom of the sheet with black oil pastel, the trunks. Draw the trunks through the circles if necessary (overlap), to show depth in the lollipop woods.

Thanks to Maureen Kaal.