This week our school hosted a BATIK art residency taught by professional artist, Leni Newell.
This residency was funded in part by a grant from the United Arts Council. Thank you so much!
Our school's fifth grade students were much enriched through your efforts!
Batik is a fabric dye art that originated in Indonesia and is used throughout the world today.
Students first create a drawing, which they then transfer to cloth. Next they paint the lines with hot beeswax.
Students use fabric dye to paint their cloth artwork.
The artwork is then covered with wax, wadded up to create crinkles, and dipped in a bucket of dye.
The dye seeps into the wax crinkles and creates interesting lines in the artwork.
This process required many parent volunteers. Fabulous PTA parents stepped up enthusiastically!
The fabric then dries, and the final step is to iron the wax out of the fabric, leaving the beautiful batik artwork. This project is an arts integrated project, in which the children learn more about their world and also make connections to science through ecosystems.