• Create an ink and/or a fabric dye using two different traditional processes

  • Have an ink and/or hand-dyed piece of fabric to use in a future art project

  • Develop a new relationship to the potential art supplies in their everyday lives.

During this creative workshop, each participant will create 1–2 nontoxic inks or dyes that can be used in future art projects. Using a pre-sewn object such as a napkin, baby onesie, or bandana is recommended, so you can enjoy the results of your efforts right away. Also, students will learn vocabulary that will help them understand and communicate the basic materials of creating inks and dyes out of natural items.

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Age Group

Middle School, High School

About the creator

Amber Coppings

Amber Coppings

Amber Coppings focuses on layering fundamental art elements to create intuitive views into human narratives using fabric dyes, natural pigments, and digital design. Her work is worn by people worldwide, hung in private collections, and some will always remain in personal sketchbooks. She teaches what she knows and loves in schools & community organizations, including Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media, Penn State Greater Allegheny, and as a rostered artist through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Arts-in-Education Program. Recently, she celebrated her 4th year as the resident artist at POWER House, a residential facility for women in recovery.