Sunday, March 11, 2012


Have been wanting to do a scratch-art lesson for ages, and finally tried it.  My high school students enjoyed it a lot.  I got the idea of starting with a face from Nena at  The Painted Apple.  Her students create marvelous work and I'm so glad she shares it in her blog!

I gave the students magazines and calendars and told them that their subject had to be an animal or a person.  I also showed them my example which was a frog.  Not surprisingly, all of them chose animals.  Then I made a color photocopy of the animal.  They cut
Here are the steps we took:
1.  Draw the whole animal in pencil on scratch paper.  This is the practice drawing.
2. I made color copies of each animal and students cut out ONLY the face of the animal and glued it onto their scratchboard.  (By the way, I was surprised to find that my small local art supply shop sold 24"x36" sheets of scratchboard for $3.00 ea.  I really didn't want to take the time to have the students make their own.)  (Also, by the way, you don't have to make color copies of animals.  I did so because I didn't want the originals ruined by having face cut out.)
3.  Students used edge of paperclip, or toothpick, or side of scissors to scratch the animal and background.  They chose their preferred tool.


Miss said...

These are awesome. I like the addition of the colour picture. I did scratch art with my Gr.7 class and they LOVED it- their all-time favourite project for sure..

Hannah- Art.Paper.Scissors.Glue! said...

Love this... what grade did you do this with?