Art Lesson Plan Title: Organic vs. Geometric - Introduction to Batik

Teacher:    K. Wagner                              District:  School District

Grade: 4                                                   School:   Intermediate School

Time: 150 minutes

Art Skill or Concept: Reinforce organic and geometric shapes and forms and crayon resist/batik

Learning Targets or Objectives:

All students will:

1. Review shapes - organic vs. geometric.

2. Reinforce, experiment, and demonstrate differences between organic and geometric shapes.

3. Demonstrate the technique of crayon resist/batik and good craftsmanship.

4. Review pattern - planned vs. random.

5. Demonstrate and develop self-expression and good planning/observation techniques.

Essential Question:  “What is the difference between organic and geometric?

Essential Question:  “What is a batik and how do you make one?        

State Standards:

9.1.5.A. All students will know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the arts and humanities. Elements - color • form/shape • line • space • texture • value


9.1.5.B. All students will recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise

original works in the arts. (paint • draw • craft)

9.1.5.C. All students will know and use fundamental vocabulary within each of the Arts forms.

9.1.5.H. All students will use and maintain materials, equipment and tools safely at work and performance spaces.  Describe some materials used.  Describe issues of cleanliness related to the arts. Describe types of mechanical/electrical equipment usage.

Know how to work in selected physical space/environments.  Identify the qualities of safe equipment.  Describe methods for storing materials in the arts.

9.2.5.G. All students will relate works in the arts to geographic regions:  Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, North America, or South America.


By using the following tools and materials:

1.  Newspapers.

2.  Pencils and round shapes.

3.  Crayons.

4.  Heavyweight drawing paper.

5.  Leaves and branches.

6.  Watercolors or thin tempera paints.

7.  Sponges, water and water containers.

8.  Paint brushes.

9.  Wax, material, and batik tools (optional)

10. Examples of batiks – finished and in progress.        

Teacher Preparation or Procedures:

1. Explain assignment, discuss project and terminology.

2. Review shapes - organic vs. geometric and patterns. Demonstration when necessary.

3.  Show and discuss examples of batiks – finished and in progress.

4. Give and demonstrate directions.

5  Actual working time and clean up daily.

6. Demonstrate crayon resist/batik.  

7. Completion of assignment and teacher evaluation.

8. Closure.

Anticipatory Set: Discussion of Autumn and geometric vs. organic shapes and forms.

Artist or Art Period: Batik techniques


Guided Practice: Demonstrate techniques especially crayon resist/batik for students.

Independent Practice: Independent choices by students.

Closure: Review vocabulary.


Art Model:



Evidence of Learning-Means of Assessment:

1. Evidence of Random pattern using organic and geometric shapes.      

2. Evidence of crayon resist/batik.    

3. Craftsmanship and following directions.  

4. Evidence of good use of time and clean up procedures.        


Advanced: Evidence of random pattern using organic and geometric shapes, excellent technique of crayon resist/batik, excellent craftsmanship and listening skills, and excellent use of time and clean up skills.

Proficient: Evidence of random pattern using organic and geometric shapes, good technique of crayon resist/batik, good craftsmanship and listening skills, and good use of time and clean up skills.

Basic: Evidence of random pattern using organic and geometric shapes, technique of crayon resist/batik, a degree of craftsmanship and some listening skills, and adequate use of time and clean up skills.

Below Basic: Little evidence of random pattern using organic and geometric shapes, poor technique of crayon resist/batik, poor craftsmanship and poor listening skills, and poor use of time and clean up skills.

Special needs Adaptations: Help students by using less organic shapes.


Thoughts for Next Time:


How to batik:

Pysanky egg demonstration


Organic:  Natural, close to nature; relating to, or derived from living organisms. An "organic" or "natural" form is loose and undefined. Often things found in nature are organic forms, like clouds. Clouds have no set form.

Geometric:  "Geometric" or "inorganic" forms have hard, defined lines and angles, and don't vary too much. Often man-made things have these kinds of forms.

Batik: A wax-resist method of dyeing fabric; To dye fabric using the wax-resist method.

Pysanky Egg: Pysanky eggs are Ukrainian Easter eggs. The word comes from the ancient Ukrainian "pysaty" ("to write"), which refers to the way these eggs are crafted. Designs are drawn ("written") on them in beeswax both before the dying process begins, and many subsequent times before the project is finished.