Scratch art is a staple of the art teacher's repetoire. I've taught it in the past, but didn't always have a high ratio of successful projects. I used to let students choose their subject, some of which didn't fit with the medium. When doing research, I stumbled upon a teacher's blog that used Gustav Klimt's Tree of Life as the subject of scratch art. It worked! More success through a more focused lesson.
|Day 1 - Students colored an entire sheet of 9X12 drawing paper with crayon. I instructed them to press HARD so that all of the white is covered. We used bright colors for lots of contrast with the black paint. That comes next.|
|Day 2 - We painted over the crayon with black tempera paint mixed with a bit of soap. The theory is that the soap makes the paint stick to the wax.|
When kids were done painting, they made a sketch of their tree that would be the subject of their scratch art. I taught them how to make "y" treee that turned into curls and spirals, like The Tree of Life. I emphasized the importance of practicing before we start scratching on their scratch art paper. Once you start, you can't erase or start over.
Day 3 - Students used their sketch as a guide as they removed black paint with a wooden stylus. As students start to reveal the bright colors underneath, there lots of excited ooohs and ahhhhs. Students glued the completed project to a bright piece of construction paper to matt it.
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