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Try using Elmers white glue and watered down acrylic paints for the batik.
This works really well on sqaures of old white sheets. Let the glue lines
dry and then paint between the lines with the watery paints. After
everything dries wash out the glue.
If you have a kiln, make masks from small slabs of clay. Add features and
underglaze or paint after they are fired with acrylics.
>I am getting ready to teach a two week class to 3-5th graders on batik. Does
>anyone have any great ideas. I have several crayon melters and am not sure if
>that is the way to go.
>I also need some new wonderful mask ideas. I am also teaching a mask making
>class. One of the masks is going to be a plaster gauze mask on the childrens
>faces. I am tired of paper mache masks. Does anyone have any different ideas
>for interesting masks? I think we are going to make "beast masks" to go
>along with the story Beauty and the Beast. Again, the children are 3-5th
>grade. Thanks for your help. Have a great summer.
St. John Elementary, Quincy, FL
Doctoral Student, Art Ed., FSU