Birds of a Feather Scratchboard Drawing Lesson

Birds of a Feather Scratchboard Drawing Lesson

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In this scratchboard art lesson students are introduced to the artist John James Audubon and illustrations from his book “Birds of America.” Students learn how to make marks on scratchboard using a scratchboard tool, create a value scale and sphere on scratchboard, then find photographic reference to use as the subject of their etching. Students identify contour lines, value shifts and learn about creating texture as they go through the process of this lesson. 


  • 4 Page Lesson Plan with National Standards, Big ideas, Essential questions, Goals and Objectives, Instructional Materials, Student supplies and detailed process. Also included are Vocabulary.
  • Video Links
  • 38 page editable power point presentation
  • Student Self-Evaluation
  • Examples of final student artwork
  • Materials list



High School:

Grades 9-12, VA:Cn11.1.HSII: Compare uses of art in a variety of societal, cultural, and historical contexts and make connections to uses of art in contemporary and local contexts.

Grades 9-12, VA:Cr1.1.HSI Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

Grades 9-12, VA:Cn10.1.HSI: Document the process of developing ideas from early stages to fully elaborated ideas.

Grades 9-12, VA:Re9.1.HSIII: Construct evaluations of a work of art or collection of works based on differing sets of criteria.

Middle School:

Grade 6, VA:Cr1.2.6: Formulate an artistic investigation of personally relevant content for creating art.

Grade 6, VA:Cr2.1.6: Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.

Grade 7, VA:Cn11.1.7: Analyze how response to art is influenced by understanding the time and place in which it was created, the available resources, and cultural uses.

Grade 7, VA:Cr1.2.7: Develop criteria to guide making a work of art or design to meet an identified goal.

Grade 7, VA:Cr2.1.7: Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

Grade 8, VA:Cr2.1.8: Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art-making or designing. 


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