Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Art Attack : Beautiful Batik

Did you know that studies has shown that children do better in school if they have a curriculum that invests in the arts as a way to support their learning? Common Core curriculum supports this idea that creativity and critical thinking go hand in hand. Teaching your kids to be creative will help them to become better problem solvers by supporting critical thinking and outside the box solutions to problems.

Art Attack is a new feature of DadNCharge where I will share my knowledge of an art educator of 10 years in fun and informative projects for kids.  The NAEA (National Arts Education Association) and the United States government have set National Standards for children K-12 in the visual arts. By the time children graduate from high school they should be able to demonstrate and have an understanding of these benchmarks.  With each lesson, I will teach you how these apply to your own children's understanding of visual art even if for them, it is just all about fun.

So, without further ado, our first project, BATIK!

A Canting, used to apply hot wax in intricate batik designs

Batik is a cool effect that happens when a medium, in this case wax, resists another medium like paint or ink. The wax is applied and allowed to dry, allowing the wax to penetrate the fabric and protecting it. Then, the material is dyed and the ink fills in all the areas where the wax isn't. Once dried, the wax can be removed by either scraping it off or using boiling water to remove it.

But how can I do this with my kids??? There is no way I am giving them hot wax!

What colorful material do you have already in your home that are made out of wax? CRAYONS!

Lesson: Batik 

Age level: 2 and up 

National Standards learned: 

1. Content Standard: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
a. know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes 
d. use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

  • Crayons, 
  • watercolors 
  • watercolor paper
  • bowl of water

  1. Take the watercolor paper and have your kids do a crazy design on the front.      
  2. If you need some art history inspiration, try Joan Miro or Wassily Kandinsky
  3. Shapes and lines are important and a necessary stage in the development of artistic skills. 
  4. Stress leaving some white space in between the bright colors and tell them to push down very hard.

  1. Take watercolors and paint over the entire design. Yes, you heard me right. The wax will resist the paint and only be absorbed where the white paper is left. 
  2. The kids can go bananas with the paint, in fact, the more they do, the better off the project will be as the colors will somewhat mix in the next step.

Optional Step: Let it dry and then rinse off the bowl of water. As you are rinsing, scrunch up the paper to give it some texture, and gently squeeze out the water. Let dry on a paper towel.

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