“All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.”
- Chuck Close
Your mind will shudder with excitement as you immerse yourself in design of unique batiks. The joyful challenges of this artform will stretch your mind like no other medium. Your creative brain gets a workout as you transform art on fabric. The Boreal Forest will be your inspiration, igniting new designs and solutions.
Welcome to the Boreal Forest BatikNess Studio which may one day transfer to your home studio. It will fit in your garage, your kitchen and your backyard lean to. My hope is that students will leave this course with a solid understanding of the process and the design planning integral to it. All the equipment needed is easily acquired. Batik can be an alternative media that refreshes your current arts practice, feeds you creative challenge and wonder.
Students will work with two to three dye baths and a final brush on dye. Wax removal will be demonstrated. The exciting bit about batik is the journey, the inquiry path that we follow in pursuing our end product. Students may choose to use their personal icons and symbols, ideas and references. I will offer my own examples as templates too. Students will look at references with fresh eyes as they break them down into the crucial shapes needed for dyeing of values and colours. Portraiture, landscapes, animals, actions, gestures, still life, abstract expression are all potential subject matter.
As members of this Boreal Forest BatikNess studio, you will work in concert with one another as dye baths, equipment and clean up are shared. Surprisingly the cooperative efforts will become a dance in our arts space, feeding you creative challenge and wonder.
No prerequisites. Intermediate woodworking skills will allow for students to go further in the ornamentation aspect of the project (chip carving, low relief carving, power carving etc.)
Learn how to plan for batik, apply wax, mix dyes, remove wax and dry projects properly.
Set your own personal design inquiries. Ready to go projects are available too.
Look critically at reference material with batik design in mind.
Learn to recognize necessary shapes and edges.
Learn how to preserve the shapes and edges necessary for their expression
Determine how the shapes will be dyed sequentially to attain the values required.
Use basic colour theory to predict results of layering colour.
Learn how to place the wax shapes in relation to one another. This is an important part of planning as the fabric can accept dye to create line work on the piece.
Experiment with various wax applications using: Tjantings,brushes, and stenciling,
Plan and create three projects
Huge enjoyment in the company of like minded individuals
FAQs, Schedule and Required Materials listed below.
Date: Thur. July 23rd – Sun. July 26th, 2020 Tuition: $445 Early Bird; $495 After June 1st Includes:
Early Bird Course Tuition of $445
21 Hours of Course Time
Daily “Boreal Bites”
An unforgettable experience
Material & Equipment Fee: $20 Some tools, equipment and materials are supplied by forestART and vary from course to course. Details in the FAQ section below.
Meals & Accommodation: Purchased Separately. Available options are on the registration page.
Karen Clark is a multidisciplinary visual artist, educator and arts advocate. She lives at Schist Lake in Northern Manitoba. She works out of her studio there and at the Northern Visual Arts Centre (NorVA) in Flin Flon, MB.
Karen’s fabric work is in Batik. She embellishes batiks with quilting and beadwork. Her ability to translate shape and edge to the wax and dye medium of batik is compelling. Her solo show hard kids, traveled throughout Manitoba in 2017-18. The show of 22 batik portraits depicts the stoney expressions and guarded looks of people trying hard to look hard. Following the portrait series she has returned to northern landscape as a source of inspiration for her latest batiks. Seeing shape and edge in the designing of batiks informs her work as a painter and vice versa.
Currently Karen is engaged in an acrylic painting series titled: Kayak Series: Land forever to be respected. She joyously paints the landscape of the Northern Boreal forest in acrylic and oils. The series is based on studies painted while kayaking the lakes of her immediate environment. Karen acknowledges that she is a guest on this land and that there are multiple nations within it.
"I have taken 3 different courses taught by Karen. She is an excellent teacher meeting students
where they are at in terms of their knowledge and experience. The classes are well organized
and thoughtfully presented. She uses her extensive knowledge of various arts media,
technology and teaching techniques to make her classes interesting, relevant and always fun.
Her use of group critique sessions as part of her teaching strategy are helpful and respectful to
the learner. I highly recommend her as an instructor and look forward to another opportunity to
take classes with her.
Past Course Participant
"Karen is a wise, thoughtful and enthusiastic educator. She is a dynamic artist
who revels in unique design and compositional challenges often inspired by the landscape of
northern Manitoba. Karen has extensive experience with a variety of media including paint and
batik. Her role as founder of the amazing NorVA Centre in Flin Flon is a testament to her passion
for the visual arts, determination to make things happen and outstanding organizational skills.
And! She has been a high school art educator for 20 years!
I have enjoyed working alongside Karen at many art retreats over the past 15 years and have
appreciated her critical eye, her constructive feedback and sincere encouragement.
Participants will enjoy Karen’s easy manner, enthusiasm and passion for serious fun!"
It’s choose your own adventure, with options to suit every budget! You can cook all your own meals, pay for lunches only, or get the full meal deal. You can camp with or without power, bunk in with some fellow artists in shared accommodation, or rent a private cabin.
Full Details on our Food & Accommodation Options can be found on the main forestART page or when you go to register!