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Linda in NM >>
I have been teaching scratchboard drawing for the last 20 years. It is a
great drawing activity but here are a few things you should be aware of and
try to include.
1. use a good quality scratchboard cheap ones will chip off and not hold a
group of tight lines. I use ESSDEE from England and I find it to be the best,
there is also Canson from France. I have not had good luck with white board
then painting ink on top, however it exists.
2. Have the kids practice on a small piece to try dots, small line,
directional line and cross hatching.
3. For tools I have used exacto knives and by pulling them sideways you scrape
a small line and it is easy to replace a blade and doesn't get dull quickly.
There are scratchboard tools but I find them to be expensive and don't last
long before getting dull.
4. You can use black india ink and crow quills for adding black where they
went too far, or a fine drawing pen.
5. When transferring a sketch to the board use carbon paper and you can see
the lines. Spray with crystal clear when done to seal and protect the work.
Have the students use resources that are dominantly dark and show good tonal
range. If you are working from your own sketches have them find the lightest
area and start there. By adding more lines or dots this area grows and will
gradually become the black of the design.
Have fun, my students are doing this know and I can't get them off of it.
This is in high school, but it will work with middle school as well.
San Jose, CA