Hi Denise -
My 4th graders are just finishing oil pastel batiks - we did folk art landscapes. I had them draw with white chalk, then color with oil pastels (layering colors - helps to make sure there is a thick coat). Outline the chalk spaces, then fill in.
I had them do three small concentric shapes to practice, drawing with chalk makes sure no space will be too small to color in. I had a handful that had to start over, their choice when I showed them small samples of heavy/light coat of oil pastel and how it looked with the ink.
I love the way they look when I rinse them off... like a photo in developer. Last year we did quilt squares using this technique - years ago I did patches of patterns for whole quilts with K-1s... they went back over the finished piece with oil pastel details.
From: Denise Mozzetti
Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2011 2:01 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
"So, on another note, I'm about to do a Surrealist piece in perspective, and I was thinking that I'd have the kids do it with oil pastels, leaving a small space around each shape and color, and then covering it with ink - has anyone ever done this before? Any suggestions?"