NatureArt Lab

Studio Workshop: CREATE A SCRATCHBOARD ARTWORK: 4 and 11 September 2021 - Beginners and Intermediate

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In this unique two-day workshop 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 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 workshop, 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 workshop 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, and is included in the workshop costs. 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 and develop their skills further. 

Students are requested to bring their own food and drinks for the course duration. Hand hygiene and social distancing rules will apply. NatureArt Lab is following the progress of COVID-19 closely and reserves the right to postpone or convert to online format if necessary. 

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: 4 and 11 September 2021 

Days/Times: Saturdays 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: NatureArt Lab Studio, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith

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