Rathfarnham ETNS Art project Session 4 Artist in residence: Tunde Toth

Our 4th session took place on the 5th of December: a very wintry, Christmas-like session, filled with candle light!

With the patience and help of Patricia the class teacher and the support teachers we re-organized the class room to set up different workstations. The children drew simple shapes of stars, Christmas trees, presents etc on regular white paper. These shapes were then filled with drops of hot wax from burning candles – 4 / 5 children working in the same time and then taking turns.

The waxed pieces were dyed with golden yellow fabric dye (cold water dye) and let dry on the drying rack.

To the delight of everyone we had time for a second piece, this was again a simple sheet of paper but without drawing this time, filled lightly with random drops of hot wax. This was dyed a light blue/turquoise color and will be used at a later stage.

The children really enjoyed this process, worked carefully with concentration but it certainly needs planning and supervision!

 

The children worked later on with Patricia in the class room to gently remove the wax drops from the dried pieces and cut out the shapes. They had a striking display on the window, letting light through the wax dots:

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