Video: Making a Simple Batik for the Classroom. During my first year of teaching, I attempted real batik with my fourth graders. Yes, hot melted wax, permanent fabric dye and about 10 hours of ironing on my part. It was silly. Luckily, I’ve come up with a much easier (and less messy) way to achieve a similar effect.
Students learned about how Egyptians left a lot of stories and meaning in their artwork with the use of symbols. They learned about the scarab beetle and that it represented the sun for the Ancient Egyptians. We used oil pastels to fill our beetles with symmetrical patterns.