Natalie Stopka

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Natalie Stopka focuses on natural materials and historical techniques to create abstract, organic drawings and prints. These meticulous, layered images incorporate plant dyes that are foraged, bartered, or grown in her studio garden. The plants provide a seasonally evolving vocabulary of texture and color rooted in the entangled forces of the natural world. Natalie’s studio is in Yonkers, New York. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and current MFA candidate in the Nomad program for Interdisciplinary Art and Regenerative Culture.


Exploring Historical Plant Pigments

This weekend course delves into the rich colors of historical lake pigments: beautiful pre-industrial colors manufactured from natural plant dyes and minerals. Taking inspiration from 14-18th century European recipes, you […]

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Painting with Natural Pigments and Soy

Wednesday, March 9 ~ 6:00pm to 8:00pm EST Wednesday, March 16 ~ 6:00pm to 7:00pm EST Working with natural pigments is a wonderful way to connect to your local landscape […]

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Suminagashi: Japanese Marbling

Saturday, October 15 ~ 3:00pm to 5:00pm EST Saturday, October 22 ~ 3:00pm to 4:30pm EST Japanese marbling is a form of printmaking that dates to the 12th century. Participants […]

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Eggshell White: Kitchen Waste to Watercolor

Wednesday, February 23 ~ 7:00 to 8:00pm EST Start saving your eggshells! Chicken eggs are an age-old alchemical source of calcium carbonate, also known as eggshell white. The pigment is […]

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Brick Red: Urban Pigment Pastels

Thursday April 7 ~ 7:00pm-8:00pm Brick fragments and broken terracotta pots salvaged from the rubbish heap are a great source of vibrant, opaque pigment. With a bit of elbow grease, […]

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Vine Black: Foraged Charcoal Sticks

Wednesday, March 30 ~ 7:00pm-8:00pm Charcoal is an age-old source of fine black pigment with good hiding powder, made from carbonized wood. The charcoal burner is a character found in […]

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Color Theory

Wednesday, March 8 ~ 6:00pm-8:00pm EST Wednesday, March 15 ~ 6:00pm-8:00pm EST This online workshop will inspire and inform participants to get creative with color! Whether you can’t recall the […]

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Homemade Watercolor Live Demonstration

Tuesday, November 15, 7:00pm-8:00pm Watercolor paints are a surprisingly simple, non-toxic set of artist’s colors to make at home. Utilizing natural pigments and binders with historically-inspired tools, Natalie Stopka will […]

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Rose Madder Live Demonstration

Tuesday, October 18 ~ 7:00pm-8:00pm EST Rose madder is a cool pink pigment made from the roots of the madder plant, Rubia tinctorium, suitable for oils, watercolor, and pastels.  Madder-based […]

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Lake Pigments

Saturday, April 22 ~ 2:00pm-5:00pm EST Saturday, April 29 ~ 2:00pm-5:00pm EST Lake pigments are made from natural dyes, and are a wonderful way to use up every drop of […]

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