Summer Youth: Natural Ink & Printing Plants (Ages 8-10)

  • Monday, July 31, 2023
  • Thursday, August 03, 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, July 31, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, August 01, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, August 02, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, August 03, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Print & Book Arts Studio, Class Code PB073123GL1
  • 6


  • $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? You will 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 their pigments to create ink, select and bring in plants from your own environment, and use the ink to arrange creative and beautiful images of nature.


  • For students ages 8-10
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Registration closes Monday, July 24.
  • A $20 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers materials needed. See "Materials" below for what students need to bring to class.
  • 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 for exploration and experimentation in the classroom, and strives to make learning meaningful, student-driven, and fun.
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