The craft of batik and weaving are popular courses this year at High Mowing School, taught by Studio Arts teacher, Rachael Johnson,
whose students recently created works of art in both mediums.
In the Batik, Silk Screening, and Block Printing class, batik dyes were set up for the entire trimester. Instruction was given to students on the basic techniques, with projects designed to master certain aspects of the medium. Students were limited only by their own imaginations in terms of the subject matter they portrayed. As a result, they created stunning designs and captivating portraits, landscapes and more. Working with the challenges of dye color order, applying wax, and rendering detail, even the cosmos was within reach!
In the Weaving elective, students explored preliminary techniques of weaving on a large loom. The entire process of weaving took place during the trimester — from designing and choosing colors to taking a finished woven blanket off the loom. Students clearly enjoyed working in this practical, artistic medium, which connected them to cultures older than the Egyptians.
Prior to the Holiday Break many of these beautiful, handmade items were on display in the school for all to enjoy.
This article originally appeared in High Notes, Winter 2013.