"TRADITIONAL BATIK CLASSES" with Open Studios Artist Alexandra Sanders 4 Saturdays, April 6th-April 27th 11-5pm Westside Santa Cruz Art Studio
Also offering PHOTOSHOP CLASSES Saturday March 30th and Saturday May 4th 1-4pm, Art of Santa Cruz, Capitola For Info: Photoshop Classes
Learn the ancient technique of BATIK, which is a WAX RESIST Process of dying fabric. In this series of classes you will learn: how to use a TJANTING tool to draw with the wax to create your design; how to mix colors from primary colors; how to apply dyes/inks in different ways to create beautiful colors and textures. You will be given many ideas for inspiration to create beautiful fabric. You will learn the skills needed to create your own designs in Traditional BATIK. In each class you will complete a specific project, designed to teach you a different element of this interesting technique. In each class, several design choices will be provided. The student can expect to complete (1) 8 X 10 BATIK and mini samplers used in various exercises by the end of each class. Classes may be taken one, two or all, however, those who miss the first class, will have to do a bit of practice with the SERTI Method in order to complete the other projects. At the end of each of these classes, we will learn how to iron off the wax.
Each student starts off the same way. In the FIRST class, the student will learn the SERTI Method of Resist Outlining on fine cotton. The hot wax is applied as a border using the tjanting tool, much like a coloring book outline. The tjanting tool is a brass or copper receptacle with a spout that holds the hot wax and allows for drawing. They come in different sizes and flow differently. The wax must penetrate the cloth in order to form a barrier that the dye/ink cannot cross. Becoming skilled with this tool allows for the greatest detail.
The SECOND class in this series, builds upon the SERTI Method skills we have learned, but we will use this technique to FILL in areas of our chosen design with doodles and patterns. A good example of this would be a leaf, and filling the leaf with wax patterns that leave areas for the dye to creep in and create the veins of the leaf. This gives us the first glimpse of true Traditional BATIK. Again several design choices will be given from which to choose.
Our THIRD class in this series, will go one step further, and we will do a monochromatic piece, a one color piece. The hot beeswax will be applied to all areas that we do not want to be dyed. This will be one waxing, one dying. Design choices will be offered, or you may want to try one of your own. Think white polar bear in a snowy night scene with large white rocks and silhouettes of trees. We will learn about contrast and balance within our design. Each student may apply the wax as they would like. This is an excellent exercise in learning about the REVERSE element of Traditional BATIK.
The FOURTH class continues on with a multi-colored piece. Once again designs will be offered or you may do your own. This project will be a 2-3 color combination of Traditional and SERTI Method BATIK. The student can expect to complete (1) 8" X 10" piece of fabric art, and multiple mini experimental samplers.
Our dyes/inks are primary colors of yellow, magenta, cyan and black, the printer’s palette. From these colors, students will learn to mix whatever color they would like. Very brilliant colors. Dyes/inks are painted on within the resist outline. With this technique, all colors can be achieved.
Classes are small, 6-8 students. Students are encouraged to take multiple classes with discounts given.
A single class is $75 each; two classes are $140; four classes are $260 which includes all materials. Classes are every Saturday with the occasional exception and run from 11am-5pm. Students often come at 10am to work on designs with me. Open studio hours are available for additional time at $10/hr or 12 hours for $100..
To sign up or for any questions, contact me directly at Alexi637@sbcglobal.net. To hold your spot, payment is expected at the time of signup. Refunds are given up to one week in advance of the class. Less notice entitles the student to another class. PHOTOSHOP CLASSES Saturday March 30th and Saturday May 4th 1-4pm, Capitola Mall
.A bit about me...I have my BA in Art/Textile Design from San Jose State University, where I was able to study BATIK almost exclusively during my last two years. I went on to perfect my technique and have spent many years as a professional artist, teaching along the way. I am an Open Studios Artist for the Santa Cruz County Art Tour. and am also a professional creator of GREETING CARDS (www.etsy.com/shop/ladywholovesbirds). I have my DESIGNS in a number of stores: The Garden Company, Westside Feed, Homeless Garden Project, Birdwatcher and Chocolate Box (these last two in Los Gatos, CA). I love teaching others this really fascinating art form and look forward to meeting you.
Dates and Cost: All materials included: 8 X 10 fine cotton fabric, numerous mini samplers (approximately 4 X 8), beeswax, paraffin, all tools (tjanting and brushes)s
Class Dates, All Saturdays, 11-5pm. (Students can come at 10am to draw on their designs.) with the occasional break. MARCH 30th: PHOTOSHOP CLASS April 6th April 13th April 20th, April 27th May 4th PHOTOSHOP CLASS
One Class is $75.00 Two Classes: $140 Three Classes: $210 Four Classes: $260 *