Using Batik in the French Classroom

This project was inspired by my sister Theresa who is an Art teacher in the Minneapolis School District. It was her idea to have the students create cell phone bags from the basics. I modified the lesson to the French classroom as I included vocabulary on sewing and culture in Senegal.

The students were given the fabric and the materials. They were to sew their own bag. Then, after sewing, they were to create a design on the bag. After the design was made, the students used wax to inhibit the coloring of the dye. Then the students dyed their bags. The final step was sewing the closure on the top of the bag.

Most of the students really enjoyed the project. In fact, they wanted to do more projects! Some students still use their bags for carriers for the cell phones. It was a success!


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