Scratchboard Art with Lori Dunn Sunday, September 23
Course fee for the day is $135.00 and includes lunch at a local restaurant in the heart of DT Kingston.
We are limited to 8 spots. Having some drawing skills are helpful but not required. Register quickly as this class will fill up QUICKLY! Please call us at 613-546-7967 to reserve your place.
Cornerstone is so very excited to present a class with famed scratchboard artist, Lori Dunn.
What is Scratchboard?
Scratchboard art is a form of direct engraving on a specially prepared board. The boards consists of three layers of material. The base is hardboard that has a layer of white kaolin clay applied to it. The clay is then sanded smooth and a layer of black ink is applied over top. The image is etched one “scratch” at a time using an extremely fine tool such as a scalpel or exacto blade. The black is removed to reveal the white clay beneath.
These clayboard engravings are considered by many artists to be one of the most difficult of mediums to master. It takes a very steady hand to maintain the correct pressure required to etch each fine line to a particular depth. Mistakes are not easily corrected – they cannot be erased or painted over! It is one of the only forms of two dimensional media that is subtractive, as material is removed rather than added. Artists must work in reverse of classical artistic training in that they are rendering highlighted areas only. Tonal variations are achieved by the depth of etching as well as how much surface area is removed.
Many hours are spent on each scratchboard artwork and they may take months to complete. Lori Dunn uses professional grade clayboards that are completely archival, of museum quality and highly resistant to fading from sunlight. Finished works are sprayed with a UV resistant varnish to further protect the image.
Scratchboard produces unique works of art with a level of realism and detail that is unsurpassed by many other media. The absorbent clay can be colored afterwards using specialized inks or paints but many people prefer the simplicity and beauty of the black and white image.
Wildlife artist Lori Dunn is one of Canada’s premiere scratchboard artists. Enrolled in painting classes as a child, and encouraged throughout school, it was presumed that she would continue to pursue an artistic career. With a passion and keen interest in animals, however, Lori steered naturally to the sciences. Graduating with a BSc. in Zoology she entered into a 15 year career as a professional zookeeper.
These years of experience gave her a deep appreciation for the need to protect habitat and endangered species. After several years as a zookeeper and naturalist, Lori resumed her artistic endeavors finding a way to combine her artistic ability and her desire to conserve nature. Most of her artworks are accompanied by a narrative serving to educate others on the conservation status of the species and its importance to our environment.
As a zookeeper, Lori has worked with a vast array of animals ranging from the tiniest invertebrates to elephants and gorillas. Her special area of interest and knowledge, however, is that of reptiles and amphibians. She continues to educate others on the importance of these creatures in our ecosystems, and hopes that through her art she can break down some of the misconceptions and phobias people have about snakes and other maligned species.
Lori Dunn's work has been showcased in many museums and galleries in North America. She has won several awards in exhibitions worldwide. In addition, her work has been featured in several blogs, publications and magazines including Arabella, Canada's foremost art magazine.
Lori is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and has acheived Master status through the International society of scratchboard artists. She is also the Marketing director of ISSA and works to promote the medium of scratchboard art. Lori creates her artworks from Herpworks Wildlife Art studio at her home near Norwood, Ontario where she enjoys spending her free time hiking, kayaking and photographing wildlife.