Oct 4, 2013

Seventh Grade Batik

The Seventh Grade class moves faster than the other grades because of the schedule.  We get to meet every day but only for a quarter.  That means packing a lot of art into a very short time.  Even though this limits some of the things we can do there are still plenty of options to explore.  I also have the added bonus of students who are excited to be in class trying new things.

The latest example of our crazy art experiments:  crayon batik!

Teaching batik would normally require fabric, hot wax and dyes.  Although I would love to give students that experience, we have to improvise.  Instead we use crayons and ink.  

The crayons act as a barrier, resisting the ink.  Seventh Grade students were given a choice of creating a realistic or abstract piece.  We then covered their creations in black ink, wiping off the excess.  The results are below.





The great thing about this lesson is that it can be modified.  The work can be complex or simple.  The project is easy to complete no matter the skill level.

Our special needs students can create a masterpiece too!