Who is this course for?
This is a course for the novice or those with some experience. Taught in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Drawing skills not necessary. Come and make something beautiful and have some fun.
Batik is a textile technique of wax-resist dyeing, but can be used in a creative way by ‘drawing’ with hot wax and then painting with inks to control the design. During this taster session, you will learn some simple batik techniques using traditional tools and colourful inks onto paper. You will learn how to use colour and layer inks and hot wax to build your design. You may be shown a selection of artists and designers to inspire your work. Among many potential outcomes, your finished piece could make a lovely decorative image to be framed or kept, greetings card or bookmark. This taster session will give you an insight into the techniques that can be used on fabric in other courses.
Support and feedback
The tutor will be there for demonstrations 1:1 feedback, help and support.
Additional costs and requirements
No previous experience necessary. You may wish to bring an apron. If you have a design or idea of what you want to create then it may be useful to bring along.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
About the tutor
With a background in state education and community arts, Elena believes passionately in nurturing the artist that dwells within us all. Having fun and enjoying the process is central to this core belief. She aims to maintain a supportive environment for all to enjoy the creative process at every level.
Elena has been teaching a wide range of Art, Craft, Textiles, Photography and environmental education for over 13 years. She has a degree in Visual Communication and specialised in Photography at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. This led to an interest in experimental techniques exploring the rich history of the medium including homemade and box cameras. Her professional work includes working with a professional commercial photographer and animation production in London. She is currently discovering cyanotype and anthotype processes using the natural world as an alternative to the darkroom.
Elena has pursued a wide range of creative processes since then including illustration, green woodworking and puppetry. Perhaps inspired by a family background in tailoring and millinery, she is a keen maker using textile techniques such as batik, felt and stitch.