Encaustic painting has been a choice in the studio for some time now. The process involves melting wax and pigment (in our case, crayons) and painting with a special encaustic brush (we have tried little paint brushes, Q-tips and have settled on pipe cleaners). Students paint on railroad board donated from a puzzle company. Some paintings are on a single board, others spill over onto two or three or more boards, fitting together, coincidentally, like a puzzle.
Two artists working together recently made a series of 5 paintings that fit together. They then mounted them the paintings onto a board, and continued their painting on the back board, which created a multilevel effect.
|"Sun & Moon"|
Click to play!Today a 6th grader made a creative break through and started painting “UP.” Her process reminded me of how a 3-D printer works – building up thin layers to create a three dimensional object a little at a time.
|Painting or sculpture?|
When students can return time and again to a process or medium or an idea, they gain greater and greater facility with materials and techniques and enjoy the opportunity to fine-tune ideas. Over time there is a deeper understanding of what the medium can do and how to make it one's own. That is when innovation can occur.