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Local Lake Pigments with Natalie Stopka

October 2020 in the Hudson Valley, New York State

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Local Lake Pigments with Natalie Stopka

Saturday and Sunday October 9th and 10th

I am very excited to be hosting artist and teacher Natalie Stopka at my studio to teach to this amazing workshop on making lake pigments with locally harvested plant dyes! This is an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait : ) There are only 8 spots available and I expect it will fill up quickly so register soon. Please email me with any questions about the registration and Natalie with questions about the workshop content. See you in October!



Workshop Description

Lake pigments are made from natural dyes, and are a wonderful way to create artists’ materials tied to the local landscape. Together we will extract dyes from a variety of locally grown and foraged plants, and expand the possible applications for our botanical palette by transmuting those colors into lake pigments. This process uses up every drop of color by stabilizing and preserving it. Our second session will be devoted to an overview of natural artists materials with recipes inspired by 14th-18th century artisans. After processing our pigments into ink, watercolor, and pastels, students will leave with samples of each color and a selection of finished materials to fold into their studio practice.

Please wear clothing that you do not mind staining. Participants may choose to contribute plants to our collective dye pots – if so please bring a minimum of 25g dried/100g fresh dye plant of your choice. Contact Natalie with any questions:

Natalie’s Bio
Natalie Stopka is a New York based artist focused on creative processes rooted in the materials and forces of the natural world. Her pursuit of historical surface patterning techniques includes natural dyeing, pigment extraction, marbling, and printmaking. These meticulous, layered processes incorporate materials grown in her studio garden, creating a seasonally evolving vocabulary of texture and color.


Old Kings Highway, Stone Ridge NY 12484


Saturday October 9th, 10:00 – 4:30

Sunday October 10th, 10:00 – 4:30


$300.00 –  this includes all materials. 


If you are traveling to the workshop there are many lovely places to spend the night locally. Here are a few links to the ones I am somewhat familiar with and a google search will find you more. Nearby Kingston and New Paltz also have motels and hotels.


There are many local Air Bnbs – The towns of High Falls, Stone Ridge, Accord, and Rosendale are closest to my studio. 

Bed and Breakfasts:

The 1850s House

The Arbor BNB


Creekview Campsites

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