Sometimes making art means using unusual materials. Here's something very unusual that turns out very nicely.
Place your picture in water. After a few minutes, gently remove the paper and crumble it into a ball.
Then open up the paper and place it flat on the newspaper. Paint all over the entire sheet with the watercolor paint. Dip the picture back into the water for a quick minute.
Remove the picture and place it flat to dry on the newspaper.
Involve students in some of these extension activities:
After students complete the Almost Batik activity, ask students: What part of the directions you just followed seemed most unusual?
Create an ocean picture by drawing fish and other marine critters with crayons. Paint over the entire picture with watered-down blue watercolor paint. See how the waxy crayons keep the blue paint off.
Batik is an art originally use by the people of Java to decorate cloth. The artist uses hot wax to make a design, like the crayon does in the activity above. The cloth is then dyed. The dye clings to the unwaxed areas of the cloth, leaving the waxed areas white. Later, the wax is scraped or boiled off the fabric and the design appears.
This activity is excerpted from Nancy Castaldo's Rainy Day Play, which is published by Chicago Review Press. This lesson idea is one of more than 65 imaginative activities from Rainy Day Play that are sure to inspire children as they discover and learn.
Article by Nancy Castaldo
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