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RE: scratchboard


From: Marguerite Rohner (rohnerm_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Oct 30 2001 - 08:47:29 PST

I haven't had much luck with scratchboard, when I've been sucessful with
students it was because they made a variety of shapes scratched out with the
lines rather than just line work. We did pattern borders with animal designs
Good Luck,marguerite

-----Original Message-----
From: Hillmer, Jan []
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 11:22 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: RE: scratchboard

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

-----Original Message-----
From: melinda Mosley-Bullard []
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!!!