Wonders of Wax

Prep School
18 Nov 22

Did you know that Crayola Crayons were invented in 1903 by cousins Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith? After experimenting with different materials, they produced a colouring stick that was safe, sturdy, affordable and timeless. Did you also know that the word Crayola comes from the French word for colour, “craie” and the word “oleaginous” which means oily?

Our Year 3 children have been using white wax crayons and watercolours to create secret landscapes. Secret because they first drew their ‘invisible’ landscape with a white Crayola Crayon. They used mark making to create textural effects and then the magic began! Along with cries of “wow”, “so cool” and “amazing”, they painted over their drawing to reveal wonderful, imaginary landscapes.

The secret to creating their artworks is the wax resist technique which is based on the fact that wax repels water. Creativity is cross-curricular so secretly, Science was also working with the wonders of wax!