Klimt Scratch Art
The eighth grade art students studied Austrian Art Nouveau painter Gustav Klimt, who was the inspiration in creating these scratchboard and collage portraits. Line, Shape, Pattern, and the design principle “Emphasis”, were the focus of this lesson.
The lesson also focused on utilizing Klimt's trademark metallic color and intricate pattern work. The students used scratchboard and magazine pictures to create their portraits. This was first accomplished by practicing how to make a variety of lines, shapes, and patterns. The students attempted to create a contrast between the patterns in the figure and those in the background.