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You can incorporate different seasons or other themes into this art lesson, as well. In spring, pick out simple drawings of tulips, daffodils, crosses, roses or sunflowers. These make stunning Mother's Day gifts. Students will have time to create a frame for their art.
During fall, use drawings of different leaf shapes, acorns or scarecrows. In November, you can create realistic poppies or crosses for Remembrance Day. During winter, choose stars, or glittery objects such as snowflakes, decorations or bows for Christmas. At Easter, choose lilies, crosses or Easter eggs.
In summer, choose beach objects such as starfish, silvery fish, hooks or seashells. Alternatively, you can use sports themes (baseball gloves, golf clubs, running shoes) or animal themes (leopards, cheetahs, giraffes). Metal objects, pop cans or utensils also make great scratch art ideas when done in silver.
Demonstrate how to make light strokes with the scratch art pen first. Remind students that while you can always make lines thicker, you cannot make them thinner once you have scratched. Go back and forth over a line to thicken it.
Lines do not have to be continuous. Remind students that in nature, lines and edges of flower petals, for example, will not be straight. Nature is not perfect so jagged lines are not considered mistakes.
Show how to change the angle of the pen to get different effects. Once students are familiar with an effective etching technique, encourage them try their own freehand drawings instead of tracing designs.
Use basic shapes for younger grades such as triangles, circles and squares. Students can make the objects look three-dimensional by adding thicker lines on one side of the shapes or drawing them so the sides merge at a vanishing point. Older students can choose designs with more details, using them as guidelines for more intricate pictures. See the article on combining art and geometry using scratch art and other art ideas.