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Eighth graders create tessellation projects

Eighth graders designed tessellation patterns and turned them into fabric using a modified batik process. The traditional batik method involves a combination of wax-resistant dye applied to cloth through layers, from lightest to darkest. To make the process more classroom-friendly, Middle School art teacher Elissa Donovan created an easier technique, where students painted melted crayon wax onto their fabric. Once the wax hardened, students removed it slowly by melting it into paper, allowing them to lift the wax without removing the color from the fabric. Students turned their newly dyed fabric into pillows to take home.