NatureArt Lab

Online Art Course: CREATE A SCRATCHBOARD ARTWORK - 12 to 22 October 2021 (Beginners to Intermediate)

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Get lost in the moment, connect with nature and bring a unique artwork to life! In this unique two-session online course you will learn how to create your own beautiful scratchboard artwork with internationally-recognized 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 three years. When Joan saw how images could be realistically represented on a scratchboard, Joan understudied Australian Master Scratchboard artist Rikki Fisher to develop her scratchboard skills. She has found scratchboard to be a fantastic medium for realistically portraying macropods and birds she has cared for. Joan is a Signature Member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. She has been a finalist in several exhibitions and is currently shortlisted for the National Capital Art Prize. Joan holds science, education and library studies degrees and has studied and practiced art throughout her life, including drawing (Vanderbilt University) and watercolour 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 online course, Joan will provide a detailed overview of materials and techniques for scratchboard illustration, with pre-recorded video demonstrations. This will introduce the range of tools used to create textures, form and contrast with scratchboard drawing. Students will use these skills to render small objects 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, Joan will present a wide range of scratchboard examples for students to analyse. The process of manipulating a photo to be printed and ready to use on a scratchboard as well as spraying and framing will also be discussed. Students will have an opportunity for individual feedback on completed works during this course. 

A materials kit will be available from the tutor, and is included in the workshop costs. Please ensure that you book your place well ahead of time, so that we can post the kits to you wherever you are in Australia (we will not be able to post kits to international students unfortunately). 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 course is suitable for beginners and those wishing to practice and develop their skills further. Please ensure you have downloaded the Zoom application prior to the class. We will send an invitation with further details on the course  with a zoom link for all participants.

NatureArt Lab is a registered Seniors discount provider - please let us know if you are a Seniors Card Holder for a 10% discount on courses and workshops.

Dates: 12, 15, 19, 22 October 2021

Days/Times: Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10.00am - 11.30am (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Format: Online 

Via Zoom Online Art Class. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with a materials list and details on how to join the online class. If you have ordered a materials kit one will be posted out to you.

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