NEW!! CREATE A SCRATCHBOARD ARTWORK, From 17 March - 7 April, 2020 - Beginners and Intermediate
In this unique short course you will learn how to create your own beautiful scratchboard artwork with artist Joan McKay.
About the tutor:
Canberra based artist and wildlife carer, Joan McKay, has been honing skills in the art of scratchboard during the last two years. When Joan saw how images could be realistically represented on a scratchboard, Joan enthusiastically attended workshops by Rikki Fisher to learn scratchboard techniques. She has found scratchboard to be a fantastic medium for realistically portraying macropods and birds she has cared for. Last September Joan was awarded first prize in the Strathnairn Arts Squares 2019 competition for her scratchboard image of 4 peewees. Joan holds science, education and library studies degrees and has studied and practised art throughout her life, including drawing (Vanderbilt University) and water colour media (ANU).
About the workshop:
Scratchboards were first seen in the 19th century and have recently made a comeback in a new art form. Ampersand scratchboards are masonite boards covered with a layer of clay and a layer of Indian ink. Tools are used to carefully scratch through the ink layer to reveal the white of the clay underneath.
In this introductory series of workshops, Joan will demonstrate and participants will practice various scratchboard techniques using a range of tools to represent textures, form and contrast. Participants will use these skills to render a small object and then create a larger portrait of a native animal or bird starting with the eye, through to layering fur or feathers before fine tuning with finishing touches.
Throughout the course participants will be presented with a wide range of scratchboard examples to analyse, including design, contrast, and lost and found. The process of manipulating a photo to be printed and ready to use on a scratchboard will be discussed.
A materials kit will be available from the tutor at a cost of $30.00, payable directly to the tutor at the first class. A few additional supplies are required for the class including cotton gloves, an old hand towel, watercolour brush and small watercolour palette. Details of materials will be sent to all students prior to the class.
Workshop Learning Outcomes
- Use a range of scratchboard tools to demonstrate techniques to create textures on Ampersand scratchboards.
- Show form and contrast using different textures and shading when creating an image.
- Analyse the design and techniques used in scratchboard examples shown.
- Create an animal or a bird on a 5“x7” Ampersand scratchboard from a photo image, tracing it, scratching the eye, fur or feathers.
- Develop the image further - fine tuning.
- Choose, resize and print an image ready to use on a scratchboard.
This workshop is suitable for beginners and those wishing to practice their skills. Refreshments for morning tea are available.
Dates: 17 March - 7 April 2020 (12 hours of tuition)
Days/Times: Tuesdays 9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: NatureArt Lab, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT