Lake Pigments

April 22 - April 29, 2023

Lake Pigments


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $180
Material Fee: $35

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 color by stabilizing and preserving it. In this online workshop, participants will follow along as Natalie extracts dye from natural sources and transmutes it into lake pigments. Following recipes inspired by 14th-19th century artisans, we’ll concoct vibrant colors connected to  history, alchemy, and the landscapes around us. In our second session, we’ll share an overview of natural artists materials including ink, watercolor, and pastels, giving participants the skills to fold our homemade pigments into their studio practice. A materials kit will be shipped to registrants. (Please note we will not be able to ship internationally so we will refund the materials fee and share the list so you can purchase on your own.)

This class will be conducted live on Zoom. Participants will receive an email from Peters Valley at least 48 hours prior that includes a link and a password. Only registered participants will be admitted.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Natalie Stopka

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 a current MFA candidate for Interdisciplinary Art and Regenerative Culture at the University of New Mexico.

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