Hundertwasser Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

The artistic style of Friedensreich Hundertwasser stands alone in regard to innovation and originality. This lesson plan explores the artist's perspective through an examination of his seminal works. A hands-on activity is inspired by his work.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss the artistic style of Friedensreich Hundertwasser
  • name and describe several of his key pieces


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


  • Assorted images depicting Hundertwasser's artwork and architectural designs
  • A list of facts about the artist's life and career
  • A definition for 'transautomatism'
  • Copies of Friedensreich Hundertwasser's self-portrait, his work entitled 'Metro Oriente' and his painting, 'Le Ciels d ici et la'
  • White heavyweight paper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes


  • Begin by displaying the assorted images of Friedensreich Hundertwasser's work for the class.
  • Allow several minutes for the students to examine each of the examples.
    • Have you ever seen artwork like this before?
    • What words would you use to describe the examples of art and architecture on display in the classroom?
    • How would you describe the style of the artist?
    • How are these works different from the images you would expect to see in fine art?
  • Explain that the pieces were created by an artist named Friedensreich Hundertwasser before summarizing his life and career for the class using the fact sheet.
  • Present the definition for 'transautomatism' to the class as you explain that this term was used by the artist to describe his process.
  • Revisit each piece that is on display in the classroom and tell the students a little bit about each one.
    • How do these works represent the life of the man who created them?
    • What artistic genre would you ascribe to Friedensreich Hundertwasser's work?
    • What is Friedensreich Hundertwasser's lasting legacy in the worlds of art and architecture?

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