Grade 2 have been enjoying learning about traditional methods of fabric dying. We watched some videos about how batik is created in Indonesia which provoked many questions which the children tried to answer by experimenting with the technique. They used hot wax and Tjantins to draw on cloth and which they then dyed with fabric dye. From their experimentation they decided that is can be hard to control the flow of the wax and so they needed to create designs that were large and simple. The designs they created will be used for their Batik Bags.
When they bring the bags home they will come with information about how to fix the colours and remove the wax. Please contact me if you have any questiosn about the process.
Watch the videos with your children and they can expain what they have leanred about this ancient craft.
Grade 2 students have been working on resist techniques. What is resist? We experimented with different substances to see what happens when you mix them together; oil and water. wax and watercolour, crayons and paint. Here is what we found out:
“The wax is like a wall, it won’t let the colours in” Callum 2 Rea
“It is like the wax crayon is marking it’s territory” Holly 2 ONeel
“The oil is like a barrier against the water” Akshat 2 ONeel
“They don’t like each other so they push each other away!” Bella 2 Duprat
Their first piece of resist art was using Crayons and watercolours. The colours really stand out in the night sky!
Grade 2 had fun dying! First they had to dye the batik they have been working on and test how the colour had resisted the wax and then they had to tie up their t shirts, very tight with elastic bands. This stops the dye from getting to those spaces and creates some funky shapes and patterns. The t-shirts look great. At home remember to wash them separately as the color may run and the batiks can be ironed between sheets of newspaper to remove the wax.
Whilst learning about resist children have become fascinated with the traditional method of batik making which has been used in many Asian countries for centuries. We looked at batiks made in Indonesia and investigated how they are made. we also talked about how these fabrics are used in the lives of the people in Indonesia.
The Art of Batik Making from Pinot on Vimeo.
The children were very excited to have a go at using the hot wax themselves. They created a template and used this to make a pattern on their fabric. Then using a canting ( a special tool for collecting the melted wax and then drawing on the cloth) they traced out their lines with a great deal of care and focus. We can’t wait to see how they look once we dye them!
Over the last few weeks the kids in Grade 2 have been exploring how to paint on fabric using resisit tecniques. Using wax to draw images and shapes creates a barrier against the fabric dye and many excellent effects can be created.
Here the children designed work based on what they had been learning about space, then transfered it to fabric using wax and dye.