4/23 + 4/29 Provincetown Art Association + Museum

This workshop series will explore plants and their opportunity for color.

We’ll look at the landscape to invoke inspiration and we’ll work both native and prolific plants found on the Cape that can be used to make a palette of colors for creative projects: dyes, inks, and dried pigments. The first class is a guided walk through the woods of the National Seashore. We’ll talk about plants in their habitat, their history in dye/pigment making and how they can be turned from plant to pigment. In the second, hands-on class, we’ll work with a variety of plants to render color for your art practice, creating a truly unique palette. Classes can be taken as a series or on their own.

Saturday, April 23 from 1-3pm and Wednesday, April 29 from 5-7:30pm

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6/11 + 9/7 Provincetown Art Association + Museum

BLUE: It defines an era of music as well as marks of time in the art world and can describe complicated feelings with one simple word.

The color of gods, of both sadness and serenity, of sea and sky. Prolific yet elusive, blue can be made from only a few plants on earth. Long part of the artists’ palette, Persicaria tinctoria – indigo, has been used for ages to make pigment and dye. In this workshop series, learn to how to grow, harvest, and extract color to make dried pigment for paint and dyeing cloth. The first session will cover growing indigo along with instruction on how to create color for dyeing and painting; seeds are included. The second session will feature dyeing with fresh leaves creating shades of robin’s egg blue. Classes can be taken alone or as a series. For both sessions, please bring watercolor paper and brushes for painting.

Saturday, June 11 from 10-12pm and Wednesday, September 7 from 5-7:00pm

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8/24 Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill

In this hands-on class, we will explore color from place through natural dyes, inks, and pigments. We’ll discuss native and prolific plants - beach plum, goldenrod, staghorn sumac, oak and more - and how to render color for your creative practice.

Wednesday, August 24 from 10 - 4pm 

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