Celebrate the spring season with a series of four one-day workshops with Catherine Cross Tsintszos and the staff at the Duke Campus Farm, a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing positive change in the food system. Springtime means constant change and activity for the crops and soil. May brings new growth and color to the fields; early-spring greens and root veggies thrive while summer’s best tomatoes, peppers, and more grow their green legs before transplanting time. Early herbs and flowers balance out the veggie rows. Beyond food cultivation, the farm grows colored cotton varieties, indigo, and other crops whose stories comprise a rich and complicated agricultural history. From seedlings and saved seeds to row crops and farm structures, the farm hosts a variety of botanical and structural subjects for an artist’s eye.
Please note: Each section has a $20 materials fee, which covers supplies and a $10 donation to the Duke Campus Farm. Please bring exact amount to the class. Refunds are at the discretion of the instructor.
Please note: each day is a separate course requiring separate registration.
Monday, May 8: Printmaking & the Flower Press
Prepare to enjoy working with a spring harvest from the farm to use for creating monotypes on paper and printing with plant material on fabric. While working with fresh plant material, learn how to preserve plant material for future botanical projects with your own handmade flower press. Learn about printing with fresh plant material and about pressing and saving to make botanical creations such as cards and mixed-media projects and for printmaking.
Wednesday, May 10: New Ways with Botanical Drawing & Painting
Break loose with open brush strokes and make marks that will bring pleasure and confidence through the creative process. Be inspired by the in-season flowers and vegetables at the farm as you explore drawing materials, papers, and watercolors and have fun learning how to capture what you see with new eyes. All levels are welcome to create without intensity; just come and have colorful fun in a beautiful outdoor environment.
Thursday, May 11: Introduction to Plant Dyes & Indigo
What better place to learn about the wonderful world of natural color than at the Duke Campus Farm, where we will explore dye plants and the indigo that is planted at the farm. This introductory class will offer a chance to create a dye swatch book, and each participant will receive a square yard of cotton fabric—you choose what to create. You will also have a chance to learn about the Farm’s Cackalacky Heritage Plot and the expansion of the indigo plantings for a fall harvest green-leaf dye class to be offered during late summer and fall 2017.
Friday, May 12: Spring Salads & Salad Dressings
Come hungry! With the Staff at the Duke Campus Farm, you will explore spring greens and vegetables for creating tasty and healthy salads and delicious dressings to enhance flavors and embellish. The second half of the class session will be a luncheon tasting, so plan to enjoy a meal at tables set with indigo-dyed linens, spring florals, and an array of delicious and healthy spring salads with ingredients right from the farm.