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RE: scratchboard

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From: Hillmer, Jan (hillmjan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Oct 30 2001 - 08:22:29 PST


I like to do this project and tie it into texture - animal fur, bird's
feathers, etc. I've also seen elaborate sun/mandala type designs
created this way. Try using something a little less sharp for
scratching your design.
 
Jan

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From: melinda Mosley-Bullard [mailto:mose@atlantic.net]
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 1:20 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: scratchboard

This is my third year teaching art at the elementary school level. I
would like to ask if any of you has any advice about scratchboard. I
have done this with second graders the past two years and I have a
couple of problems that I need addressing..
 
this is how we do it--maybe someone can tell me what we are doing
wrong..
Day one: (we only have 30 minutes a week per class)
draw an irregular, curved line on a white piece of heavy construction
paper--tagboard. Color all the sections created with this line with
crayons.
 
Day two: finish coloring. Paint over color design with black paint
(pre-mixed with soap).
 
Day three: scratch design with paper clips or toothpicks. (no money for
actual scratching tools).
 
Problem: the color does not come through well after scratching.
 
also, what kind of subject matter lends itself to this activity??? the
previous years I have allowed them to choose their own subject matter.
many students just end up making a mess...
 
I am open to any and all suggestions.Thank you!!!
Melinda

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