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Re: Scratch Art

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Jerry Hendel (hendel)
Sun, 05 Apr 1998 13:39:59

Tracey, Lynn, et al,

I have also done what Lynn describes---using crayons to make a thick,
waxy coating, painting over it with black tempera and then scratching
through the paint to the crayon below. I've called it Crayon Etching, and
it is a great way to teach line and texture. It also shows great contrast
between the etched areas and the black areas.
Something along those lines comes pre-packaged called "Scratch Art."
We use a wooden stylus to scratch (etch) through. What I'm looking for is a
new theme or subject or artist to tie it into. I've used animals,
portraits, landscapes, abstract...Any ideas for 5th grade? I haven't used
this for awhile, have a good supply of it and want to explore it further.
Another useful hint a colleague shared with me is laminating the work,
if possible, when it is done to protect it. Otherwise, the work gains extra
"etches" when it's displayed.

Thanks for responding!


Anne C-H in the Illinois cornfields

I'm looking for a fresh approach to scratch art. I teach grades 1-5.
> It's an interesting medium, but I feel I'm in a rut. Any ideas?
> Anne C-H

I dont recognise the term "scratch art".
Maybe we use a different name. Can you tell me more?

>...for some reason, my kids love scratch art! I use oaktag and the bits of
>crayons that accumulate...the best <according to 3rd graders in the know...)
>are the glitter ones and the neon colors... I always have the students make a
>large one (9x12) and a small "sample" one (3x4) for testing. Names on back
>first!!!! (They all look alike!) We make checkerboard patterns or rainbows
>etc. Then with sponge applicators we cover them with black tempera. I made a
>very large one (24x36) which I use to demonstrate...I stress lines and
>texture. I use scratch art as a filler usually (except in 3rd grade where we
>study elements of art...then I use it as a LINES lesson). I had an 8th grade
>(semi-obnoxious) boy do the most wonderful scrach art just last week (he had
>finished all his projects) is so great, I am displaying it at our
>library show....

>Lynn in NJ

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