Scratch Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is scratch art and what is needed to create it? Use this lesson plan along with an easy-to-read text lesson to answer these questions. An activity allows students to create scratch art with a simple and fun technique.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'scratch art'
  • list the tools commonly used in scratch art
  • summarize the methods used to create scratch art


45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.


Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.


  • Several engraved items
  • Paper copies of the text lesson What is Scratchboard Art? - Tools & Techniques
  • Printed copies of the worksheet from the associated text lesson
  • Foam backed white poster board
  • Black crayons, preferably of the thick style designed for young children
  • Tracing paper
  • Chalk
  • Very sharp pencils


  • Begin by displaying the engraved items for the class.
    • What do these items have in common?
    • How do you think the markings were created?
  • Distribute the paper copies of the worksheet to the class, one per student.
  • Tell the class to read the introduction and 'What is Scratchboard Art?' section of the text lesson.
    • What is scratch art?
    • Are the objects on display in the classroom examples of scratch art? Why or why not?
  • Have the students read the remainder of the text lesson.
    • What materials are traditionally used to create scratch art?
    • What steps should be followed in the creation of scratch art?
    • What other materials and methods could be used to create scratch art?

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