Paint a Hundertwasser mural

With Pelikan PLAKA paint it is not only possible to paint small articles but also large areas such as cupboard doors.

Paint a Hundertwasser mural

Idea from Teresa Ambrosius

A fourth year classroom decorated with Hundertwasser designs

With Pelikan PLAKA paint it is not only possible to paint small articles but also large areas such as cupboard doors. Within 3 weeks, the fourth year class of the Marienwerder Primary school in Hannover transformed the dull cupboard walls to a lively classroom mural. The children started by making a fantasy journey through the colourful world of Pelikan PLAKA paints...

The journey of the water droplet


To begin with the children were given a sheet of white paper and a black fibre-tipped pen. They made themselves comfortable and while they relaxed and listened to the fantasy story, they moved their pen over the paper.

Remember! The fantasy story should be accompanied by soft background music.

Text for the fantasy story 

"Out of the cold depths of the craggy mountains our water droplet bursts out from under the rocks. He is one of many and he leaps and jumps merrily along the white pebbles, ripples between the tall rushes and burrows under the waterside roots. Happily he makes his way down to the valley...

On the way more and more water flows into the brook until our water droplet is swimming in a gushing mountain stream that swings its way down into the valley.

In the valley the stream is nearly a yard wide. Trout swim against the current. Suddenly our water droplet is pulled into a whirlpool. He is thrown hither and thither, up and down, to the left and to the right. Suddenly the water becomes calm and our droplet feels that something has changed: the water is salty. He has reached the sea!

Waves begin to form and crash with crown of foam down onto the shore. Our droplet tumbles full of pleasure from wave to wave...

Slowly the storm subsides. The surface of the water is as smooth as velvet. The sun begins to warm the water. Our droplet starts to enjoy himself and stretches out in the cosy, warm, relaxing water."

While the text is being read, relaxing music is played in the background.


Fill in the patterns

After the children have drawn their black outlines they should fill in the areas using Pelikan Colorella Fibre-tipped pens.


The finished pictures make a good comparison to Hundertwasser's works. He also painted a water drop: "a Pacific Raindrop in Haiti". The following questions could be helpful:

  • Can you find any similarities? Describe them.
  • What are the differences between the pictures?
  • What important elements can be found in your picture and the other pictures?
  • Which colours dominate?
Hundertwasser: "A Pacific Raindrop in Haiti"

We would like to offer you 2 work sheets to Download:

  1. The Life of Friedensreich Hundertwasser
  2. Questions to the Life of Hundertwasser, Questionaire

The main elements in Hundertwasser's pictures

Upon deciding to decorate the classroom in Hundertwasser style, the pupils took a close look at his artwork. The children recognised that certain elements, for example, onion domes or colour spirals reoccur. The individual elements were simplified and drawn on a sheet of paper with a black pen.

Collection of Hundertwasser elements.


After collecting the different elements the pupils made their own pictures by cutting out individual parts, sticking them on a sheet of paper and colouring them in with Pelikan Colorella fibre-tipped pens.

The Hundertwasser elements were scattered, fixed and then coloured with Pelikan Colorella fibre-tipped pens.

Picture projection

To transfer their pictures onto the doors the pupils of the fourth class used a trick: overhead projection foils were made from the coloured designs and then thrown onto the doors with a projector.

It's really quite easy to transfer your own designs onto a large area when using an overhead projector. By the way, the pupils were able to take the doors off their hinges for painting. The new 500 ml tins came in very handy.

The pupils, teachers and parents were of the unanimous opinion that the finished cupboard doors in the fourth year classroom were definitely an eye-catcher!

The life of Hundertwasser

Friedensreich Hundertwasser was born in 1928 in Vienna as Friedrich Stowasser. After taking his "A" levels in 1948 he went to the Vienna College of Art for 3 months. He started to travel and around 1960 he developed his own style.

He liked to express himself with spirals, labyrinths and patterns with swirling lines. His pictures show strong, luminous colours with silver and gold. They are often divided into smaller areas like a chessboard.

Around this time Hundertwasser began to take a stand on the environment. For him humane architecture was of major importance. He designed fantasy houses, full of colour, with plants growing on the roof.

He spent a lot of time in New Zealand where he bought a large piece of land in 1978.

In 1981 Hundertwasser became a professor of art. Apart from buildings and pictures, he designed books, stamps and telephone cards.

In 2000 Friedensreich Hundertwasser dies of heart failure during a ships passage to New Zealand.

This is how Hundertwasser describes his architecture:
"This is how a house should be:
Full of life! Colour belongs to being alive.
Grey is death.

In our cities there is much too much grey.
The houses are all drawn with the same ruler.
Without thought and emotion!
There are no straight lines in nature.

This is how a house should be:
Full of life! With soft, round, flowing lines.
Just like nature!"