Grade 7 – Self portrait Scraper board

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This art was made by my beautiful grade 7s! The project began by an introduction to Dutch artist, Rembrandt Van Rijn, focusing on his Etchings. A small gallery here in Cape Town was hosting an exhibition of Rembrandt’s work earlier this year. Frank Joubert, an art school in Newland’s, Cape Town, was hosting a teacher workshop. In this focused on Rembrandt’s techniques in the drawing of a self portrait.

scraperboard_06The techniques we used were hatching and cross hatching that Rembrandt would often use for shading. I also mentioned the way that Rembrandt drew. the hairs so that they seemed to flow and move individually.

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All of this preamble now done with, the learners could get down to the serious business. One lesson was spent on making the scraper boards themselves. Learners would fill a hard sheet of paper with white oil pastel. They would then use a roller, sponge or brush to cover this with ink (Acrylic paint works to I believe). The next lesson, mirrors were handed out allong with toothpicks and the learners began their artwork. The actual art making took far quicker then I had expected. Most of the learners were done before the end of one lesson.

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They could do what they wanted in the background as long as it looked nice! This project was very successful, the only difficulty I had was the actual making of the scraper boards (a process which is a bit difficult to suitably control).  scraperboard_01  scraperboard_03 scraperboard_04

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