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Re: Scratch Art

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carla schiller (
Mon, 6 Apr 1998 09:24:12 -0400

Hi to all Artsednetters out there! I'm not sure what this scratch-art post
was responding to, but it caught my eye. I just want to share with you
that I did this project with my Advanced Placement (college level) Art
History students as a kind of Black-Figured vase painting simulation,
during the time we were studying Archaic Greek art. The students really
liked it, and had never done it in elementary school much to my surprise.

BTW, I hadn't responded to the "tell us about you" thread because I was
embarrassed to have no professional artistic skills whatsoever. I am a
corporate lawyer-turned public high school teacher. I have the good
fortune to be one of the two "sosh" teachers at the North Hollywood High
School Highly Gifted Magnet, and teach AP Art History (I minored in it at
Cornell U.), AP Econ, AP Government, and World History. There's more
about me at my personal page,
but you may be more interested in my art history links. Go to my index -- -- and click on art history. I really
enjoy this group! Thank you all!!!

Carla Schiller, Esq.
Teacher, Highly Gifted Magnet
North Hollywood High School, CA
webpage index:
People tend to make the best choice from among those they see,
they just don't always see ALL the choices.......

On Sun, 5 Apr 1998, Jerry Hendel wrote:

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