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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!

Cheers,

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

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

Tracey
>
>...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) ...it is so great, I am displaying it at our
public
>library show....

>Lynn in NJ
>


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