Rose Madder Live Demonstration

October 18

Rose Madder Live Demonstration


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $20

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 pigments have been used since antiquity in the Mediterranean and Middle East, but it was not until the early 19th century that a recipe for this particular rosy shade was developed. It is valued as a lightfast lake pigment, used for glazing skin tones and fabrics – but it’s tricky to coax the most vibrant and long-lasting colorants out of the plant! Join Natalie Stopka for a live demonstration of dye extraction, fermentation, and lake precipitation, followed by Q+A. 

This demonstration 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



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 current MFA candidate in the Nomad program for Interdisciplinary Art and Regenerative Culture.

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