When I told the children the art involved a scratching technique, they were so motivated. They had experienced a form of etching previously and could visualise the outcome.
They made an observational drawing of a butterfly or lizard or dragonfly. But we couldn't mill about because the next step had to have time to dry before carrying on.
They drew a frame on their A3 page. They worked out why a frame was a good idea.
"The black paint wont go onto the table."
"Art looks good with a frame."
"There wont be so much page to colour."
All reasonable ideas.
They covered a page with starbursts using oil pastels. A good coverage was vital.
They painted over the oil pastel with thick, black acrylic paint.
While that was drying, they made a black line drawing of their creature. I gave them markers of two different thicknesses and pens.They cut out the creature. Then stuck their creature onto a coloured page and cut around it a little further out.
They scratched their garden into the black paint using kebab sticks. I encouraged scratching out a combination of lines and large areas, rather than just lines.
They cut away an area in the centre and stuck a coloured page behind the new hole. Their creature was stuck onto this.