Intro to Scratchboard Workshop

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Saturday August 22

10:00 AM  –  4:30 PM

Preregistration required before Friday, August 14 at noon. This program is designed for adults. Very interested (and art-focused) teens 13 years and up are also welcome to attend with an adult.

Program participants meet at the Rowe Visitor Center Auditorium. Lunch will be supplied. Participants are welcome to bring their own drinks to enjoy during the workshop.

Come enjoy an introduction to the world of Scratchboard. Learn basic techniques using a variety of different tools and how to bring your image to life.

In the first hour of this six-hour class, you will learn about the different scratchboard tools that can be used for your etching. A practice board will be supplied to allow you to try out different tools and techniques. You will be able to experiment with the different effects such as stippling, cross hatching, how to create fur, etc.

In the remaining class time, you will transfer an image on to a 5x7 Ampersand Scratchboard and receive step-by-step instructions and one-on-one attention from the instructor.

Items supplied:  

  • Two 3x5 Ampersand Scratchboards     
  • One 5x7 Ampersand Scratchboard
  • Reference photo(s) for the project
  • Transfer paper
  • Various with which to experiment

What to bring to class:

  • X-Acto Knife with #11 blade
  • Face mask: Please bring your own mask. Whether indoors or outdoors, masks are required at all Cincinnati Nature Center programs. Masks are to be worn outside when one cannot consistently be spaced 6 feet apart. Masks are also required to be worn while inside all facilities (for example, Rowe Visitor Center, restroom, etc.). 

About the instructor: While obtaining a degree at the Art Institute of Cincinnati, Kathy Conroy learned the technique of scratchboard. It has become her favorite medium and one of her goals is to become a Master in this technique. She spends many hours photographing horses, birds, wildlife, trees, flowers and anything related to nature to use as guides in my work. Her works are also available in a wide variety of replicated formats, such as prints on canvas, note cards, standard prints, etc. 

Kathy exhibited and demonstrated scratchboard technique at the December Walk in the Woods Artists' Reception. She has received numerous awards from shows and exhibits ranging from second place to Best of Show. She shows regularly at the Kentucky Crafted - The Market in Lexington or Louisville, the Louisville Artisans Guild, and participates in many animal art exhibits and many juried exhibitions with the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. She was the Exhibition Director for the ISSA exhibit, with 70 scratchboard pieces from 7 Countries and 15 US States.  She has juried works exhibited at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, KY, Gallery 104 in La Grange, KY, and Wild Birds Unlimited in Lexington. She is a juried member of the Kentucky Arts Council - Kentucky Crafted, a Signature member with the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA), and a juried member of the Louisville Artisans Guild.

Member $90; nonmember $99 (includes daily admission). Lunch included in cost.


*Please note that cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event. No refunds or transfers of fees will occur if the request is made less than two weeks prior to the event.


Important Information For All Program Registrants: Please retain your order number or print off a copy of the email acknowledgement as a receipt.  You will need your order number from your transaction to gain entry at the gate/to attend your program.

Cincinnati Nature Center will run advertised programs and events ‚Äčin accordance with current guidelines outlined by the CDC and local health agencies. The status or format of programs may change based on COVID-19 best practices and conditions at the time of the program. In the event that Cincinnati Nature Center cancels a program, full refunds will be issued. 


Cincinnati Nature Center is taking precautions to provide for the safety of visitors and staff including:

  • Washing hands before and after all programs.
  • Wearing masks at all time for programs except during lunch. (During lunch, masks can be removed, but you will need to remain seated.)
  • Social distancing. 
  • Internal sanitizing protocols recommended by the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC.