This fall, students in grades K through 5 created a tile mural with Mentor Artist Nadine Gay.
Each student painted one tile in a multi-layered process inspired by batik art.
First, a glaze color was chosen for the background and painted 3 times for depth of hue.
Then a stencil was made by folding a square of paper the same size as the tile and cutting small shapes into it.
Children laid the stencil on the tile and painted a layer of wax resist in the holes.
The next step was to paint a second color 3 times on the unwaxed parts of the tile.
Last, a black outline was painted around all the shapes created.
The tiles were ready to be fired in Nadine’s kiln.