The movie tells the story of how the painting was taken by the Nazi's in Germany and the family's fight to get the painting back. The painting now lives at the Neue Galerie in New York city, which I visited.
I read this story to my 3rd, 4th, and 1st grade students. My 3rd and 4th grade students did the same assignment, portraits that the backgrounds were then filled in with pattern and later painted using metallic tempera paints.
Finally my firsties looked at Klimt's painting "The Kiss" and we talked about patterns on quilts and blankets. I took their photos with my phone, printed them on the school's black and white copier, and had them cut them out, and create patterns on the blankets using markers and crayons. These were one of my favorite lessons last year! I hope you are inspired by Klimt as well!