These monthly sessions, designed exclusively for 12 to 16-year-olds, will focus on the beautiful and creative things to be made from plants: natural dyes, paints, art, and more. Students will learn to look at what grows around them in a new way.
FOCUSED STUDIO will foster creativity, nurture respect for nature, and help build self-reliance by discovering new skills and talents. Students will develop confidence through the creative process, and respect for techniques and traditions of the past.
Each hands-on afternoon will feature a plant-based project where students will leave with their work. All materials and supplies are provided. Classes can be taken separately or together for a cumulative experience; receive a bundle discount for all four classes.
Session 1: September 17, 4-6pm INDIGO RESIST DYEING - After discussing the rich history of a plant and its pigment, students will design a resist pattern and learn indigo dyeing techniques. Fabric supplied by PWS.
Session 2: October 22, 4-6pm NATURAL INKS + PAINTS - Ink is one of man's oldest tools; it allowed us to record and share our stories, to be heard without speaking. Students will learn how to make pigments from what they could find in the nearby woods, creating unique materials for their own art-making. Students will leave with a few bottles of inks to get their color collection started.
Session 3: November 12, 4-6pm PRINTING WITH PLANTS - Nature printing was first introduced in the mid-1800s to document and study the life cycle of flora. Using a modern method, we will work with flowers and leaves to create prints from plants. Use them as art, cards, or holiday stationery. This is an easy, fun project that once learned, can be done any time of year, with plants that are fresh, dried, or gone-to-seed.
Session 4: December 10, 4-6pm BUNDLE DYEING WITH FLOWERS - Archeologists have discovered evidence of dyed textiles dating back to the Neolithic period. Since then, we've learned there is a rainbow of colors to be found in plants and excitement in discovering them. In this class, students will design and dye their own cotton voile bandana with flowers saved from this summer's harvest, creating an explosion of color. Each bandana was sewn by Marie Weber of Emerald Acre in Brewster; it can be worn or hung as art.
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