Elementary Art Advisory
Students in 2nd grade had a fun time drawing and painting a seascape within a seascape. Students were encouraged to use past experience and knowledge of the oceans and creatures to make up their compositions. Watercolors were applied and Sharpie Markers were used to enhance the paintings.
Middle School Art Advisory
Students created Batiks using the traditional wax and dye method on special paper (unyru). The paper accepts the fabric dye and the melted wax is applied to "seal" the colors. The batik is the crunched up and the final color..black is applied. The cracks in the wax allow the black to reach the unyru.
According to our Arts teacher, Deborah Marlin, “the students developed and enlarged graphic designs, then used handmade paper, fabric dye, paints, and beeswax to create BATIKS. The process is fun," she says "but very time-consuming."
What is BATIK?
Batik is a medium that has been used for at least 2000 years! "Batik" is an Indonesian word derived from "titik" or "tik" meaning a little bit or a drop. This refers to the tiny drops of melted wax used on the design to resist the dye. Along with Indonesia, India is also well-known for its rich Batik artwork. If you want to try this ancient artistic technique of dyeing cloth or paper by using the wax resist method, you can find information at http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/howtobatik.shtml
The steps below will give you the general guidelines:
1. Develop design.
2. Transfer design to fabric (Art Advisory used hand made paper).
3. Dye lightest areas of color first.
4. Cover these areas with melted wax.
5. Continue dyeing then waxing, progressing from lightest dye to darkest.
6. Waxed piece is then bunched to create cracks in the wax.
7. India Ink is painted into the cracks, then wiped away.
8. Wax is then ironed out of the fabric or paper.