Celebrate the Spring through a series of half day classes with Catherine Tsintzos and the Staff at the Duke Campus Farm. The Duke Campus Farm is a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing change in the food system. Springtime means constant change and activity and brings new growth and color to our field; 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 row. Beyond food cultivation the Farm grows colored cotton, indigo and other crops whose stories comprise our 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 the artists' eye.
Please note each half day class below is a separate course, requiring separate registration:
Monday, May 7 - Plein Air Art: Each table under the pavilion will be set up with a still life with bounty from the farm. Artists or enthusiasts wanting to explore, are invited to sketch, paint, write, or photograph. Artists who paint with oils and acrylics will need to bring their own supplies and easels. Supplies for drawing, such as watercolors, pastels, and papers, will be provided. All levels are welcome for an exploration of art and agriculture.
Wednesday, May 9 - Spring Salads and Salad Dressings: Come hungry as we explore spring greens and vegetables for creating tasty and healthy salads and delicious dressings to enhance flavor and embellish. Tables will be set with indigo dyed linens, spring florals and an array of delicious healthy salads from the farm. A luncheon tasting is part of the class during the last 45 minutes.Thursday, May 10 - Indigo History and Dyeing: This indigo introductory class with vat prep, also provides a history of indigo in the Carolinas and at the Duke Campus Farm. Learn about the Farm's Heritage Plot, while using Japanese Shibori surface design techniques to create your own silk scarf. You will have sample fabric and a flour sack towel to play with. You may also bring a few items from home, as long as they are not too large and are pre-washed 100% cotton, hemp, linen or silk. This is a fun and popular class that always results in beautiful finished pieces that you will be delighted to share. Tools and gloves are all included. Dress for messy play. Hands-On Activity (e.g., Computer, Art)