Year 9 students collaborated to make some stunning batik artwork. Before starting on their large pieces they researched different ideas and produced a practice piece which helped them master the intricate techniques needed.
Batik is created by masking areas with wax before painting over the rest with coloured ink. This technique is repeated with different wax layers and progressively darker colours before the final design is completed.
Kenneth Elder, Ben McGovern and Rhea Lewin worked together. Rhea said: ‘At the beginning we had to draw a pattern and wax the bits that we wanted to keep. Once we had finished waxing the parts that we wanted to stay that colour we went over it with a light colour first and use a colour gradient to blend. We are now sewing round to complete it and I am quite pleased with it.’
Kyle McAvoy, Lewis Gaziano and Ashley Todd also completed one large picture. Kyle said: ‘We decided on the design by choosing patterns from our individual practice pieces and combining them.’
Sam Howley wanted to work on his own project and said: ‘I am doing the Science Museum as a topic and so I wanted to work individually on my piece which is about explosive science. I am enjoying working on the project and it needs concentration to get the wax in just the right place.'
Teacher Mrs Watts said: ‘The students are learning all the different art skills in the department; textiles and fine art, inking, watercolour, painting, pastels, creating sculptures and Design Technology tasks as well. They drew inspiration from different cultures and came up with their own drawings and decided how to combine them together into their final pieces. I had never done batik with this age group before. It takes an awful lot of motor control as applying the ink needs a steady hand. The students have all done really well and the final results are stunning.’