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Lesson Plans

Re: Scratchboards

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Sun, 15 Nov 1998 23:18:26 EST

One of my favorite projects is scratchboard. This is a great equalizer to the
not so gifted students because it's so easy. My kids do some great
scrachboards because we look at it as an excercise in observation of where the
lightest area is on an object, that is where you begin at the lightest area.
We use photos but they must change something and make it theirs. I also use
cross-hatching as a style of drawing.
A good scratch board is essential to a successful assignment. I use Essdee
England or Canson from France. All others are bad unless you have tried
them. They must be able to be scratched in three directions without crumbling
and chipping out. If this is true then it's a good scracthboard. I know this
can be expensive but it's better to be getting the good scratchboard or else
it will be a failure and not your fault.
I use exacto knives for a scrach tool because a good artist, Dave Griswald
told me that's what he uses and it has been great for us.

Get the good stuff and you won't be sorry.

Ken Schwab
San Jose CA