Autumn Leaves Batik, 3rd Grade

“Autumn is a second Spring where every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus

Enjoy these beautiful falling leaves, created by our 3rd grade artists.

A batik is a traditional method of producing colored designs on textiles by applying wax and dye. Instead of using these traditional materials, we created our batiks by using crayons, oil pastels, tempera paint and white paper. We used leaves as the subject matter for our Autumn studies. We began by studying our leaves organic shapes and texture. We arranged our leaves so there was balance and harmony in our composition. The texture rubbing technique was used to create each leaves shape and veins. Fall colors were applied to the inside of our leaves (positive space) using oil pastels. Our 3rd graders did a wonderful job blending colors, creating values, and making their leaves look so delicate and beautiful.

We began the batik process by first wrinkling our papers into a ball, making sure that our artwork was on the inside. Carefully, we unfolded our paper and smoothed out the creases. Next, students brought their papers to the painting station, where they covered their whole paper with blue and purple tempera paint.  Lastly, students brought their projects to the sink area, where we ran water over our paper and watched as the paint ran off our leaves. Our backgrounds (negative space) held the paint and made for a beautiful backdrop to our vivid fall leaves. Our 3rd graders captured all that is sweet and special about Fall, the slight breeze, rich color, and crisp air.

These Autumn leaves were created by Mrs. O’Shaughnessy’s 3rd Grade Artists. Stay tuned for a look at 3M’s and 3C’s Autumn leaves.

As promised here is a look at 3M’s Autumn leaves.

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