Sacco's 8th grade class looked to Austrian Art Nouveau painter Gustave Klimt
for inspiration in creating these scratchboard and collage portraits.
Line, shape, pattern, and the design principle known as Emphasis were the focus
of this lesson.
Klimt's trademark gold color and intricate pattern work, students had to
create designs where their figure was the focal point in their design. This was
accomplished by establishing contrast between the pattern work in the figure and
in the background. Students used scratchknives to carefully scratch away the
ink that is applied to the gold board underneath.
thanks to fellow art educator Kris Fontes for the use of this fantastic lesson.