Jan 3, 2013

Klimt Scratch Art

Image via Klimt Tree of Life

This project is inspired by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt's 1909 painting 'Tree of Life' (pictured left). Students created their own piece of scratch art paper (instructions HERE if you need to find out how to do this). They then used Klimt's painting as inspiration to draw a tree which used the entire space and explored line. The end results remind me of something from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.


  1. Wow! Your students did so well. Love this technique.

  2. Thank you so much for this project! I used it as inspiration for a project with my afterschool art club. Some of mine found the scratching really hard and the black paint just wouldn't come off cleanly, even with a compass. Most ended up with great results though.



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