The Local Palette: Lake Pigments from Abundant Plants


Sustainable and beautiful materials for art and craft surround us! Join Natalie Stopka for a three-day exploration of local plants’ pigment potential. Starting with a foraging excursion, we’ll discuss how to identify and ethically harvest abundant and invasive dye sources. We’ll then transmute those dye colors into shelf-stable lake pigments, expanding their potential to paints and pastels. We’ll discuss the chemistry controlling vibrancy and opacity, and learn to adapt our basic recipe to participants’ individual ecoregional plants and alkali sources. The art materials we make from the boisterous plants around us root our craft to place, and find beauty even in overlooked and vilified weeds. Participants will leave with 5+ pigments and paints to fold into their own studio practice.


Date: August 1-3, 2024 3 days

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Place: Long Ridge Farm, 116 Paine Road, Westmoreland, NH

Natalie Stopka is an artist and educator focused on the material history of color and sustainable studio practice. She captures material and elemental interactions in her collaborative, experimental art practice. Her drawings and prints incorporate plant dyes and historical pigments, which provide a seasonally evolving vocabulary of texture and color. Natalie’s freelance studio and dye garden are located in Yonkers, New York. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Instagram @nataliestopka

Don’t like using a credit card? You can pay by check. Mail to Long Ridge Farm, 116 Paine Rd, Westmoreland, NH 03467 and include your contact info with payment.

The workshop setting at Long Ridge Farm takes place on a New England farm in the Southwest corner of New Hampshire, within 2 hours of Boston, MA; 1.5 hours of Hartford, CT; and 20 minutes from I-91, Keene, NH; Brattleboro, VT; and Walpole, NH. The workspace is set in a great hall within a chestnut post and beam barn with an open environment yet protected from the elements. Foraging is at our fingertips! A portable toilet and washing area are within a few steps of the workspace. The space is spectacular and welcoming.  Although we do not have onsite lodging there are plenty of options within 15-20 minutes of the farm.

Workshop Cancellation Policy

Late cancellations are really difficult on planning, preparation and travel costs for instructors.

All cancellations 60 days or more, prior to the start of a workshop, can receive a full refund (course fee) less a $25 cancellation fee, per workshop.

Cancellations within 60 days from the start of a workshop are non-refundable.

If Long Ridge Natural Dyes cancels a class for any reason, registered students are refunded fully (course fee) less $25 cancellation fee. Once a class begins, there are no refunds or credits for early departure, late arrival, or missed class for any reason.

No pets are allowed and only the enrolled student is allowed to attend.

Thank you for understanding our policy.


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