Students learn the basics of colour theory and create a colour wheel using primary colours and mixing them together to create secondary colours.

Batik is a type of fibre art using wax and dyes or paint. Wax is applied to fabric in a simple design. The wax serves as a resist, preventing the paint from reaching the fabric where it is applied. This technique can be applied in layers using different colours to further experiment with colour blending. 

Learning outcomes:

Students will: 

  • Learn what primary and secondary colours are and how to mix their own secondary colours
  • Learn to draw a simple outline of a flower, heart, butterfly or snowflake using wax and then painting over the drawing to see how it resists the paint.

Curriculum Links:

Art: Color theory, refining forms, creative process, expression and celebration, fine and gross motor skill development

Social: I am unique

Science: Colours, shapes, seasons, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making

Suggested field trips to pair with:

Very Messy Art Making or Monoprinting 

In-School Field Trip:

Due to the amount of supplies required for all In-School Visual Art programs, we require you to book two or three classes of the same program on the same day and in the same room if possible. An alternative would be to have one program in the morning and a different program in the afternoon to allow time for changing materials and classrooms and to allow our art instructor a lunch break.  

Student desks should be covered and put into groups of 4 to share supplies, there should be access to a sink for cleanup and our instructor will require one large table for setting up art demonstrations. Parent volunteers are required for our programs to be a successful experience for all. 

Kindly email or call 780 459 1163 for more information regarding booking an in-school field trip. 

Class Preparation

Please cover desks and tables with paper before the instructor arrives. Kraft paper is best for clay and messy workshops. A large central table is needed for some workshops, such as Decorative Eggs, Inuit Inspired Printmaking, and Linoleum Printing. Access to water is essential for cleanup whether it be a sink in the classroom, bathrooms, or a large bucket filled with water. Remember to wear nametags and remember to dress for art!

Note: instructor must stay in one room for the entire day when 3 programs are booked.

Visual arts workshops enhance school curricula in social studies, language arts, science, religion and math, as well as art. Professional artist facilitators encourage students to express themselves visually. Hands on workshops offer students unique opportunities to explore a variety of materials, equipment and techniques not often available in regular school programs.

Inspirational artist-led demonstrations provide technical instruction and guidance. An art history perspective enriches programs where applicable. The highest priority is to stimulate each student’s imagination and creativity.

In-School Fees:

  • $9 per student (minimum class fee based on 16 students)
  • Added travel fee of $65 for St. Albert and $95 for Edmonton (Please request a quote for all outlying areas)


We’ll send an invoice to your school within one month—please don’t bring your payment to the workshop.

Please make cheques payable to Arts and Heritage St. Albert. Include invoice numbers and mail to: Arts and Heritage St Albert
Suite #200, 20 Perron Street
St Albert, AB T8N 1E4

For account inquiries, contact us at 780-459-1163 or

Information and Policies

What People are Saying about Basic Batik

“Engaging and knowledge based for my class. Good intro to our colours unit.” – Teacher from Stratford Elementary

“Our instructor was incredible with our students. Sequence broken down beautifully. OUTSTANDING!! Our administrator was also impressed with the process.” – Teacher from Rundle Elementary

Total Time

1.5 hours


Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3

Curriculum Link

Art, Creative Expression, Cultural, Holidays, math, Science


In-school field trip