Lesson Plans: Painting- Tempera Batik Lesson Plan

Tempera Batik

MonaLesson Plan Submitted by: Beth Elzinga,
Elementary Art Teacher at Champlain Valley Christian School/North Country Christian Academy, Vergennes/Williston, Vermont. (USA)
Grades: 4 - 6th grades



  1. Draw a chalk picture on construction paper (nature is a popular theme - leaves, plants, birds). Use thick chalk lines. Make large and simple shapes on your drawing.

  2. Paint inside the chalk lines. Use any color but black. Don't paint over the chalk lines. Leave spaces between colors. Paint should be applied heavily (build up layers). If you can see the texture of the paper it is too thin. If you accidentally paint over the chalk lines, you can use a paint scraper to scrape the line back into place.

  3. Let the painting dry completely. When dry, use Artgum Erasers. or tissues to gently wipe away the chalk lines. Tape paintings to Masonite boards.

  4. Pour waterproof India ink into a shallow dish. Use a sponge brush to gently cover the painting with one coat of ink. Don't overlap brush strokes.

  5. Let ink dry for 30 minutes. Then hold painting under cool water and gently rub away ink. (do not allow ink to dry too long -- it will be too hard to wash off)

  6. Set painting on Newspapers to dry. The ink sticks to the painting in some places, just like batik! The results are striking!

8th grade artwork submitted by Judi Morgan, St. George's School, Spokane, WA.





George Rouault (good for lesson on clown faces or portraits)
Paintings by Julie Dunn (larger images are not there)
Julie Dunn's Web site - Step-by-step process



Submitted by: Joyce Paliulionis, Komarek School, in North Riverside, Illinois
UNIT: Painting - Tempera Batik
Lessons: Symmetrical Mask Designs - Still life
Grade Level: Middle School


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Symmetrical Mask Design

Still Life - Subjective and Objective colors

(These are 18" x 24" [46 x 61 cm])



  • Utilize elements and principles of design - develop strong composition

  • Exploration of colors - contrast - simplification of forms

  • Develop painting skills


Try using Greg Percy's "Obscure Color Song". (Songs in the Key of Art #4) with this lesson. Have student do some mixing of unusual colors for their still life (or what ever theme you choose)


Tips from Joyce: We sketched first in pencil, then went over the pencil with chalkboard chalk making the lines nice and thick. We used a highly pigmented tempera, Artista and Crayola are both good, and painted thickly between the chalk lines. We let the paint dry thoroughly (overnight)...placed the painted paper on Masonite... brushed India ink, in one direction, over the entire painting and immediately rinsed the ink off using a gentle flow of water ( I went to the home economics room and used the sink spray). I did have to use my fingers to help remove the ink at times. Be gentle, the paper is fragile when wet. By the way, these were large, 18 x 24 (46 x 61 cm), so I rinsed them... smaller size works can be handled by the students.


Note from Judy Decker: With some brands of tempera you can mix in a touch of Elmer's Glue.. This will prevent too much tempera from washing off. Test your tempera brand first with a small amount. Some brands will gum up and paint and glue will be wasted. Try this lesson with Prang or.Jazz Gloss. tempera paints. Colors are rich and bright. Architecture, nature close-ups, landscapes would be other good theme choices.


See work of Julie Dunn and her Step-by-step process



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