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AUG-SEP 2013

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Drawing Tikis Students began by folding a 12 x 18" (30 x 46 cm) sheet of white paper in half vertically. I demonstrated how to draw the Tiki on one half of the paper. The features needed to stand out and be very bold, and had to be drawn from the fold, so students started by drawing a very large and exagger- ated eye. The final step was to draw the outside shape of the mask, which needed to come within 1" (2.5 cm) of the border on all three sides. The drawing was traced over with heavy black crayon. (Once the paper is folded, the black lines should be dark enough to see through the folded paper.) Students then used the handle of a pair of scissors to rub over the back of all the lines they could see. Victoria. The crayon transferred to the other side of the paper, creating a perfectly symmetrical mask. The mask was opened and the line was retraced using the black crayon. I had two main requirements for the coloring of the mask: (1) The color had to be very solid, so pushing hard and creating a waxy surface with the crayons was essential. (2) Students had to maintain the symmetry of the mask with color, so both sides had to be identical in color. I recommended that students include some natural colors (brown, black, and gray) because Tikis are usually made from natural materials like wood or stone. Batik + Tiki = Batiki! Batik is a general term used for a wax-resist fabric dyeing technique. Batik fabrics are Keri.

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