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Clay-board Etching 

Course Details:

  • $135 ($15 per hour)  

  • 3 x 3 hour sessions recommended to give you the skills to continue on your own

  • Maximum 4 people per class

  • Material costs $25

Scraperboards are boards coated with a fine white china clay and coated with an opaque black ink. Dramatic black and white  images can be created by scraping through the black ink coating to expose the white clay surface underneath. This surface can then be painted with water colour or gouache,  or left white as per individual choice. It is a safe, clean and  non-toxic medium which can be worked on anywhere. Scraper board is a relaxing meditative art form and you can loose hours of your time without realizing it.

What you will do:

Day 1: Practice the different marks that can be made with different tools that will be provided for you. Practice on something small like a flower or leaf so you gain confidence.  Work out which design you wish to do as a final piece and trace it ready to begin the next week. Animals and birds lend themselves to being done in scraper-board, but it is up to you what you would like to do.

Day 2: Begin the final piece. I will be there to help you understand and show you shading techniques which make the object appear three dimensional on a flat surface. Don't forget you are working in reverse to a normal drawing or painting. This can sometimes be difficult for people to get their head around. 

Day 3. Depending on the size of your final piece you will finish your work today and you can add water-colour or gouache to it if you wish, then take it home to frame. 

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