Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Batik Lesson - Revisited

Here are some of the batiks that I did with 33 sixth graders a couple of weeks ago. Aren't they gorgeous?!

This is a very ambitious project to take on. Learn more about the process here in my last year's post. This is the fourth year I've done this, and each year I hope I'm improving on the process, making them better and easier as I go. I should be a real pro for next year when Wesley's class gets to do the project.

As I said, it's a lot of work for this project and I suggest having at least 2 helpers. I unfortunately had only 1 for the second day. Luckily she's a good helper, and was able to stay to help me clean up. But it took us about an hour to clean up.

What else did I learn this year? Again, to emphasize BIG, BIG, BIG! and BOLD!! Don't be a push over and allow tiny little drawings. I seem to give in to kids when they do art. I don't like to sway their creative process too much, but they really need to keep their designs simple for this project. Also I liked the lime green color, but if I use it again I must make sure to not add as much water. There just is not enough contrast with the white with this color... keep to dark colors for contrast with the design. I'll also emphasize to just do an outline with the glue, not completely fill the image with glue. It just makes for a better final product.

Anyway they turned out pretty good, even with the minor improvements I need to adjust for next year.

Oh yeah, on a related note... I've noticed I get TONS of people coming to my blog who are looking for art lessons. Sadly these people NEVER leave a comment. If you are one of these people, I'd love to hear a comment from you!!!!!!!!!


susan said...

nice... :)

Bejeweled said...

Those look wonderful!! What a great job those kids and their hard working instructor and helpers :) did. They look like they are really big - sheet size maybe?? Love the big, bold images too!

saffron said...

I guess they do look big! But they're actually bandana size... about 2 feet square.

Nodin's Nest said...

What fun that must have been for the students! Nice work!

jewellery by erin said...

Those are lovely. Those were some really talented and creative students you worked with. I especially love the lotus flower one.

The Caffeinated Crafter said...

Ooohhhh... I am going to have to try this. :) Looks like fun!!