Fourth graders created these scratch art hands as part of a unit on the art of India. They looked at images of henna hands and henna designs for inspiration. This was their first experience using a wooden stylus to etch through scratch art paper. They took great care with the new process. Objectives included etching precise lines, balancing light and dark areas, and filling the space. They cut a freehand border after using a glue stick to attach the hand to colored paper. Next time I will allow students to lightly pencil in a border before cutting.
March 26, 2015