Here’s how to color a turkey, and end up with a very cool looking work of art. Sgraffito is the art of scratching color away to reveal something underneath.
The idea is to draw a turkey, trace it with a black marker to make the lines stand out, color it well, cover all with a black pastel, and then scratch away to the bottom art. It really is like making your own scratch art paper. I must warn you that it can get messy with all those shavings, but my students LOVED this process.
- Optional – downloadable turkey to print and trace
- Heavy drawing paper
- Permanent black marker, chisel tip is best
- Oil pastels, I like the soft Portfolio brand
- Stick for scratching, skewers work just fine
- It’s always ideal to have students draw their own turkey, but if you have young ones, or are short on time, print my sample turkey on heavy paper for each student.
- The drawing is traced with a thick black marker to keep the definition of the turkey.
- Students color their turkey heavily with oil pastels. NO light coloring as you would do with crayons. This needs to be THICK with no white paper showing through.
- Now, a black oil pastel is used to color over ALL of the art. Again, very heavily. The goal is a black sheet of paper.
- Finally, the fun part. Take a stick and start scratching away. Younger students will have fun just revealing the image. Older ones can plan their scratches a bit more and have them go in different directions. Enhancing the feathers, making grass, that sort of thing.