Slick Scratch


Try this slick technique to create wild lines and reveal hidden colors! Explore the art of Albrecht Dürer and use lines and shapes to etch your favorite animal.


1. Albrecht Dürer is widely known as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance largely due to the success of his etchings. Look carefully at Dürer’s print called "Rhinoceros." How does he use lines in an interesting way to create this drawing? What shapes do you see? Why do some line overlap others?

2. Cover a sheet of white paper entirely with large areas of bright colors using Crayola Slick Stix™. Slick Stix contain pigments that may stain clothing, fabrics and other household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface with newspaper. Be sure to color right to the edge of the paper. With a black Slick Stix, conceal the areas of color completely.

3. Choose an animal to etch onto your paper. Use Dürer’s "Rhinocerous" for inspiration! What kind of lines can you etch to make your animal more interesting? What shapes will create exciting patterns and textures in your drawing?

4. Use a solid, somewhat pointy object to etch into the black layer on your paper and reveal the colors underneath. Try several objects, like a paintbrush handle, toothpick, or even a comb, to create a variety of lines and thicknesses. Fill your drawing with lots of shapes and patterns to expose the bright colors!

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

Modeling Tools—Use the least dangerous point or edge sufficient to do the job. For example, craft sticks, plastic knives and forks, and cookie cutters can cut or carve modeling materials.


  • Albrecht Dürer is one of the first artists known to paint self-portraits. Challenge older and advanced students to research facial proportions and create a self-portrait etching!
  • Use modeling tools to etch your drawing into a flatten piece of Crayola Model Magic®. Roll a thin layer of paint onto the etching, flip, and press onto a sheet of paper to create a print! Make several prints and experiment with different colors!
  • Create a class exhibit to display student etchings. Discuss each student’s use of the etching technique to create a variety of interesting lines and shapes!

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crayola supplies
  • Classic Crayons
  • Classic Twistables® Crayons
  • Art Smock
  • Classic Twistables® Crayons
  • Twistables® Slick Stix™ Crayons
  • Twistables® Slick Stix™ Crayons
household supplies
  • white paper
  • modeling tools



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students explore the work of artist Albrecht Dürer, and reproduce his etching technique in their artwork.

  • Students use a variety of tools to create unique and interesting lines.

  • Students apply decision-making skills by choosing the subjects of their etchings.


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