I decided to try something new this year and experimented with crayon painting. This was a fun and tricky project for our fifth graders. We collected and sorted old and broken crayons, soaked them in water and removed the paper. (Soaking removed the paper very easy on most crayons)
Students began by drawing and adding collage elements for the base of the project (For collage we used magazine pieces and colored paper)
Heated up the crayons in tuna cans and warmed it in an old skillet from goodwill
We made sure to do the painting over the kiln where we have the ventilation hood.
The brushes held the wax of the crayon and dried within 10 seconds of dipping it in the wax. Students became frustrated when trying to paint small areas because built up wax would prevent them from small detailed areas. We decided to just paint the large areas with wax and smaller areas with water colors and colored pencil. The results turned out very well!