Paper Batik


LEVEL: Secondary 1 (Express/ Normal Academic)

DURATION: 3 lessons (2 periods each)

Class Profile & Prerequisites
Students have acquired the knowledge and understanding of the Elements of Art (EOA) and are able to apply the concepts accordingly.

Lower Secondary Art Syllabus Learning Outcomes
Record from observation and experience
Conceptualise and translate ideas
Application of EOA in their artwork

Lesson Objectives
Students will be able to understand:

  • How artists draw inspiration from their immediate environment such as nature and things around them
  • How artists see images in abstract form

Medium/ Tools
Visual journal
Batik dye
Marker and pen

Studio Thinking (8 Studio Habits of Mind) and (4 Studio Structures)


Lesson Crafted by: Mdm Han, Mdm Karmilah and Mr Zaki (Adviser)


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15 minutes


PERCEIVING AND APPRECIATINGPre-activityTeacher will introduce Singapore’s Batik pioneer artists Sarkasi Said and Chuah Thean Teng. 

Students are introduced to images of different batik pieces on powerpoint slides. They are to study the images with guided questions:

·       What do you see?

·       What do you think inspire the artist to create such art pieces?



Students are given the theme ‘Flora’. They are required to:

·       Select a plant: potted plant for NA students and Garden walk for Express students.

·       Observe and make a contour drawing of the plant in pencil.

·       Capture an image of the plant that they will be drawing using their android phones first (in case they are unable to complete).



·       Explore different dry mediums such marker, pencils etc



Students are to SELECT and APPLY:

·       Elements of art (EOA) such as lines (zentangle), shapes,, positive and negative space onto their drawing.


power point on Batik making and artists:
Chuah Thean TengSarkasi SaidMohd Sadali Musbah
15 minutes 




45 minutes





Teacher will recap previous lesson and instruct on thePaper Batik lesson, share that it is an alternative exploration and how it differs from traditional batik painting.Teacher will demonstrate the technique of batik painting on paper.



Students will:

·       Explore the effects of batik dye on a piece of separate paper for testing before applying it onto their actual plant drawing.

·       Demonstrate their understanding of EOA – lines,

shapes and colours (primary and secondary colours) and apply onto their plant drawing.


Students drawing on plants
30 minutes15 minutes 




15 minutes

Continuation of Batik on paper. EXPRESSING AND EVALUATINGStudents are to do a reflection based on their artwork and what they have learnt from the lesson.




Students are to:

·       Display their artworks on the table.

·       Choose one artwork that they like.

·       Write down a word of encouragement on a post-it-note and paste it on the space around it.

·       Gallery walk.


Student’s artworks on paper batik
Batik Flower MakingStudents are able to experience authentic learning through interacting with Batik artist, Mr. Mohamed Sadali Musbah. 

Mr. Sadali will be sharing with the students on:

·       Different ways of looking and understand batik pieces

·       Processes of doing a traditional batik piece

·       Different batik tools and medium

·       Create a 3-D art piece from a traditional batik cloth


Students will then make a Batik Flower in 3D form.

They will be able to learn and understand about the art community and how art can be shared with the community at large through activities as such.


Flower batik sample by visiting artist, Mr Mohamed Sadali





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