CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
With a Master's Degree in Art Education, and over 10 years of classroom teaching experience, I know how to create engaging and approachable teaching content!
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Thanks for visiting my studio! Bringing batik and education together into this course has united two of my biggest passions (I have many more!) into an opportunity that will be both memorable and meaningful. I believe that when you do something you’re passionate about, the commitment is evident and the details will stand out to those who experience your work. I feel very confident that the Dyer’s Workshop will provide you with a thorough and approachable introduction to the world of batik, and I have thoughtfully planned each lesson, module and demonstration with all learners in mind. Please contact me with any feedback or any questions you might have. Also, keep in mind that batik is not like traditional painting!
IS BATIK RIGHT FOR YOU?
There’s a reason why there are 10 million painters who want to teach you acrylic and watercolor but so few batik tutorials. Batik can be both expressive and exact, free flowing and precise. But it always requires both careful attention and an open mind. And it’s MESSY! If you are looking for a simple hobby you can do at your desk, I’d suggest finding tutorials to learn drawing, painting or other equally enriching art forms.
Batik also requires adaptability and resilience. Few, if any, of my pieces EVER come out the way I expect, which is why I'm still so drawn to it. Having a willingness to embrace the unexpected will be crucial to your enjoyment of batik, ESPECIALLY starting out.
Self-discovery through exploration is a tenet of the course. You can fully expect that this course will cover all the basics (and then some) to set you on your path, but you should also know that excellence in fine craft and art comes through experience.
If you are a perfectionist, or if you are looking for a step by step, make and take style workshop, there are plenty of other course offerings that will be creative and fulfilling. If I can give you one piece of advice heading into your workshop it is the advice my master teacher gave her students when I started teaching, and I’ve given to my students since then- MESS IT UP? DRESS IT UP!
Before agreeing to the course, make sure you can accommodate the following
Time to Work- Batik is an artwork that takes place in stages. You wax, you dye, you dry, you repeat! If you're starting a new stage of your work, it’s important to set aside at least an hour or more in order to work through this stage of your project. Once you start mixing your dyes, there will be a set amount of time when you'll want to use them, as well as set times for your project to soak and then dry. Not setting aside time to monitor your work will most likely leave you with unsatisfactory results.
A waxing space- Batik is messy and takes a little bit of room to maneuver. When batiking, you’ll be working on a flat surface (like a watercolor artist), so a clean table top to place your textile (especially if you’re working on a longer scarf), and your wax tools is necessary. Your work surface can ideally be in a ventilated room as well. Your soy wax will melt in your wax warmer at a low temperature, and some people think it smells like baking goods. There are no noxious fumes, but if the smell is bothersome, work near an open window (or outside like I do!)
A Dyeing Station- A place for dyeing your projects is next. This could of course be the same as your waxing space, but it might not. Trying to mix dyes, soak projects, and clean up without dripping the dyes will be next to impossible. Again, I like to work outside, but if that’s not an option, a laundry room, an unfinished basement, a garage, etc. Again ventilation is ideal, at least when mixing your dyes.
A DRYing Station - An old collapsible clothes rack, a clothesline outside, I’ve even strung a string across a bathtub. But you’ll need a place to hang your work when you pull it out of a soaking wet bath.
Chemical Sensitivity - I cover in detail proper protection when mixing dyes and chemicals, however if you have a particular sensitivity to chemicals, a batik workshop is probably not for you.
Interested in a workshop? If you're not ready for a full course commitment, drop me your email and I'll send you an instant download of my first steps batik course. Folllow the 8 page project plan from a master educator to get started on your first batik project with no fuss.