Summer Youth: Natural Ink & Printing Plants (Ages 10-14)

  • Monday, August 07, 2023
  • Thursday, August 10, 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, August 07, 2023, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, August 08, 2023, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, August 09, 2023, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, August 10, 2023, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Print & Book Arts Studio, Class Code PB080723GL2
  • 8


  • $280 Tuition + $20 Materials Fee
  • $220 Tuition + $20 Materials Fee

Harvest and process your own pigments, then use them to capture the details and textures of the natural world.

About this Class

Have you ever wondered where ink, paint, and pigment comes from? Learn the history and science of pigments, the natural materials and processes used since ancient times, and engage in your own experimentation and exploration of the possibilities in the natural world. Once pigments are made, you will use them to create ink, select and bring in plants from your own environment, and use the ink you created to arrange creative and beautiful images of nature.


  • For students ages 10-14.
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Registration closes Monday, July 31.
  • A $20 materials fee is included in the cost of the class and covers what you need. See "Materials" below for what students should bring. 
  • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
  • Complete and return this minor permission form.
  • You may register your youth for an optional, supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the duration of this class.


Harvest, process, and make pigments from natural materials; add your pigments to a binder, roll that ink onto plexiglass monotype prints and samples of local plants, and print stunningly detailed impressions using ink you made yourself!


Bring to the second class: natural pigments; berries, plants, dirt, clay, coal, soft rocks, etc. (Crush objects between your fingers, or scrape them against rocks, to test whether they make good pigments. If they leave a colored residue, they're likely good to try!)

Class Policies


Greyson Lee is a high school art educator with a background in color and design theory, traditional 2D art, and printmaking; as well as summer camps, horseback riding instruction, and environmental ed. He has a love of exploration and experimentation in the classroom, and strives to make learning meaningful, student-driven, and fun.
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