<< That does sound interesting. Do you have any sort of lesson plan for it?
I've used crayons for batik; that same first grade teacher--and others--
whose students rejected them always gave me tons each year.
Dear Maggie: This is one of the art projects I offer on my website, I hope it
helps! It isn't written for art teachers per say, but for parents and
children but it explains the procedures just the same. Let me know if I can
be of further help! This is a fun project!
ART UNIT #8 - SPECIAL PROJECTS
Project #4 - Encaustic Painting
Objectives: Children will learn about encaustic painting and will create
artwork using this painting technique.
Materials Needed: Pre-stretched and primed canvas, posterboard or cardboard,
old crayons, empty tin cans, pot, paper, pencil, carbon paper, old paint
brushes, and a stick.
Encaustic painting uses paint made from pigment (or color) mixed with melted
beeswax and resin, and was often applied and fixed by heat. I have discovered
an easy and inexpensive way to use this centuries old technique I know you'll
enjoy. The end results produce a three-dimensional textured painting that is
1. It is always important to plan what you want to paint before you begin, so
please take some time and sketch out what you are going to paint. This
drawing can be done directly on your canvas, or you may wish to draw on paper
and then transfer the drawing to the canvas using carbon paper.
2. While you are sketching have an adult melt the old crayons. To do so
first put a pot of water on the stove and wait for it to boil. Make sure the
water is not too deep when you put in the empty soup cans. The water should be
deep enough to submerge the cans halfway. Be careful around this boiling
water. Do not burn yourself!
3. While the water is heating, remove all paper wrappings from the crayons
and separate them by color placing each color in a different can. Gently
place the cans into the water. Watch it closely and stir occasionally to
4. When the crayons are melted, have an adult place a towel on the table so
that the hot cans of wax will not scorch the table. Now you are ready to
begin painting! (I like to place newspaper on the table before I begin to
make cleanup a breeze!)
5. Dip an old paintbrush into the melted wax and QUICKLY paint in small areas
at a time. The wax will cool fast, so it is important that you work quickly.
Be VERY careful not to burn yourself with the hot wax. Adult supervision is a
MUST with this project.
6. Once you have painted the entire picture, allow the wax to cool.
7. Once the wax is cool, paint additional layers and each layer will cause
the painting to be more and more three-dimensional.
8. You may try adding different textures to your painting as well. Try using
a pen, for instance, to score long lines into a tree trunk to make it look
more like real bark. The possibilities are endless, so enjoy!