I love wax crayon style batik projects- they usually have a really high success rate with all students.
I found THIS project via Pinterest using pumpkins and thought it would be perfect for an October lesson with my Grade 5 students.
This is also a great lesson in learning how to draw a pumpkin realistically, to give it a sense of form. My students have already practiced this with me in Grade 3 and 4 so are pretty good at this point and need little drawing guidance.
They drew their pumpkin on regular photocopy paper.
Then they coloured it in thickly using wax crayons.
Trace over the pencil lines with a black crayon. This helps it stand out later.
Once everything is coloured in, they crumple up their artwork one or two times.
They get a big kick out of this part! Then flatten it out.
I usually use watered down acrylic black acrylic pant for the batik effect. Paint a layer over the entire artwork, wait a couple minutes or so, then I rinse them off in the sink and put them to dry on a large piece of construction paper.
2018 UPDATE: this year students painted over their artwork using undiluted black liquid watercolours. They wiped off the excess with paper towel.
This worked quite well and is easier than using the acrylic paint.
Some Grade 5 results