watershed sign picThe Arts Council of Princeton is pleased to offer collaborative arts education programs at The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton. For more information about The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, visit thewatershed.org.


Watershed 2012



Spring Studies in Watercolor
Intermediate to Advanced | Ages: 18+
May 1 – June 12 | 10:00am-1:00pm
Instructor: Gail Bracegirdle

This spring, students will focus on watercolor techniques and colorful spring displays of flowers and plants around us. The emphasis will be on the beauty, flexibility and special properties of watercolor: wet and dry techniques, color mixing, design and composition. Experienced members of the group may focus on challenging their skills with new pigments, papers and combined media.

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Direct Contact Printing
All Levels | Ages: 14+
Saturday, May 13 | 10:00am-3:30pm
Instructor: Kathleen Metaxas

Direct Contact Printing or Eco-Printing is a process of embedding botanical “stamps” directly from plant material. Working with natural elements such as leaves, blossoms, berries, eucalyptus, flower petals, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and bark – artists will create a naturally made silk scarf or cotton bandanna. The “images” and color that will be embodied within the fabric will reflect the actual color that the plant material transfers. The class will begin with an introduction to the process followed by a nature walk to collect botanical items for use in printing/dyeing. Using no chemicals or additives the participants will then learn how to use the plant material to decorate their fabric item. No experience necessary. Materials Fee: A materials fee of $15 will cover all supplies.

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Modern Shibori and Dyeing Workshop
All Levels | Ages: 15+
Saturday, June 17 | 10:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Lian Sawires

Ancient art form meets modern aesthetic in this Shibori hand dyeing workshop focused on blending traditional and modern techniques to synthesize a truly unique textile art. Work with master fiber artist Lian Sawires in adapting 5 shibori resist methods to create texture and patterns, while exploring 2 unique types of dyeing. Henna and acid dyes interact differently with fabric, allowing you to achieve interesting and complex results. Overdyeing, discharging and dye blending take you to the next level resulting in a virtually unlimited surface design palette. Beginners and advanced textile artists will both find a wealth of inspiration and creative possibility in this full day shibori intensive. Bring a lunch and your own fabrics to add to the three silk scarves we will provide. What you create will amaze you! $35.00 material fee payable directly to the instructor. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; for more information and to register, please visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org. Membership rate applies to current members of either organization.

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For more details on the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, and for directions, please visit their website.