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><< I plan to teach a unit on Scratch art this summer...any ideas? Thanks,
> 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
>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
>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
-- Try the white board with watercolor (earth colors work great) then scratch
into it. Add india ink washes and more line work.
===W=W=== Give a Hoot! Martin