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Harvesting Color: Gardens to Dye For

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Additional Dates: 

Jul 29 2014 9:00AM
Aug 5 2014 9:00AM
Aug 12 2014 9:00AM
Aug 19 2014 9:00AM
Aug 26 2014 9:00AM

Since ancient times, plants have been used to dye fiber. All parts of plants can be used as dyes: flowers, stems, roots, leaves and fruits. Begin with a visit to the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and learn about native dye plants and the astounding range of color derived from these plants. Natural dye artist Donna Brow will give you a one-day-long dye workshop on-site and help you choose a dye plant to research. In the classroom, compose and create a finished plate in watercolor and graphite that portrays your plant as well as an example of its potential dye colors. Fee: $300 member, $345 non-member (fee includes the dye workshop). Pre-requisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Light on Form or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.

• Tue, July 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Chatfield location), July 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Botanic Gardens)

Instructor: Laurence Pierson