We conducted an intensive 3-hour batik workshop for Girl Guides‘ of Nanyang Girls. Within one session, we
- briefly covered the history and cultural practices related to batik,
- the girls experienced waxing with the tjanting,
- made monotone batik by immersion dying,
- wax removal process and
- another project by typical batik painting method (faux batik).
The girls walked away with 2 pieces of their very own, original batik masterpieces. We were very impressed with their discipline that made this a very fruitful session. It was the initiative of their seniors studying at Hwa Chong Junior College who needed to do a research on cultural practices. It is a nice synergy where the girls enjoyed learned about a relevant cultural practice and experienced and interesting art-making process whilst their senior got the materials for their project.
For what was achieved during this session, I believe these girls deserve their Girl Guides craft proficiency badge.
“From the survey we conducted, we received very positive response and the girls really enjoyed the activity a lot. The vendor was well-prepared with all the logistics and lesson plan.”
Ms Gloria Teng, Nanyang Girls’ High School