Monday, 19 September 2011

Stockmar Wax Blocks



16 block of Stockmar Wax Crayons
I have used these wax crayons many times. A great little art resource. I have just reviewed these online and thought I would publish the review here at Not Compulsory too.
Stockmar is the German manufacturer of these wax block crayons which contain beeswax. I came to learn about the joys of using these wax blocks for arts and crafts when my children were attending a Steiner school. Stockmar designed these crayons to appeal to a child’s senses and to help with the engagement of specific educational principles and particular artistic ideas. These blocks have many uses and have much sensory and aesthetic appeal to people of all ages. Strangely as it seems the availability in the UK has not that wide ranging but available at Amazon, also visit www.salago.co.uk to order online.
These wax blocks are flat shaped cuboids. The performance of these blocks is far superior to the standard wax crayon. They appeal not only to a child’s liking of touching, feeling, and grasping, but toddlers like to use the tactile qualities of the crayons to collect up and to build with.
I have used these wax blocks in many community art projects that I have led; in particular I’ve encouraged their use with vibrant water colour inks, participants have played around with different wax resist techniques and achieved some surprising results.
The idea is to create a drawing by  pressing and rubbing the flat faces of the wax blocks across the paper and to develop the finer details using the corners, and, after blending different colours, the results can be very rewarding. I’ve seen some wonderful geographical features drawn, and the sun depicted in yellow and orange tones oversized on a page, as well as some wonderful purple/grey night skies. For a an idea of what I am explaining visit http://212.79.59.2/download/anwafa_en.pdf 
I have also used the blocks in family sessions where designs such as portrait painting; mask making, illustrating and simple storybook have been all the more enhanced by using these superb little art materials. Parents, please know your children will love these.16 blocks in hinged tins they are attractively packaged and make a really nice gift, not just for children but for anyone. 
You know when you have found a really special product, one that you use lots and lots for different reasons, but yet you come to the conclusion on your way that not many people seem to know about it. This is one of those products.
Painting by Miranda Reuter

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