Natural Dyes Workshop

December 16, 2023 @ 12:00PM — 3:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

Arts on the Block: 900 Wayne Ave Suite 1A Silver Spring, MD 20910 Get Directions

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Learn to make your own colorful dyes, naturally!

In this new workshop we will explore different ways to create and manipulate color from everyday fruits and vegetables. Attendees will learn how to create natural watercolor paints by extracting pigment from beet, red cabbage, turmeric, and spinach. Instructor Madeline Hook will teach everyone how to translate the plant matter into watercolor paint using cheesecloth, boiling water, baking soda and lemon juice. Workshop attendees will also gain in-depth knowledge of the history and cultural impact of paints, as well as how to implement various painting techniques and methods. Once the workshop is concluded attendees will be able to bring home a natural watercolor painting of their own along with their newly created natural watercolors!

What We’ll Provide:

  • Water, Seltzer and Soda - Drinks are on us while you’re here
  • Mosaic Tiles and Tools - Everything you’ll need to make and take a mosaic project
  • Little Nibbles - Light snacks for creative fuel

What guests should bring:

  • If you have an idea, image or drawing already, bring it for inspiration.
  • Please wear closed-toed shoes. Dress casually, with layers to adjust to your comfort.
  • We'd love to take a few pics of you working on your piece for our social media promotions. Let us know if you'd rather not have your image shared on our platforms.
  • Remember, AOB has a Mask-Optional policy while in our studio.

  • Parking: Wayne Avenue Garage. (across the street from Arts on the block, very short 2 minute walk)

Workshops Cancellation Policy

Arts on the Block Workshop Refund Policy is as follows:

  • Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the workshop date, will receive a 100% refund.
  • Cancellations made within 0 - 6 days of the workshop will become exchangeable for credit to be used at a future workshop. I understand that I am holding a spot so reservations for this event are nonrefundable.
  • Reach out to Kelsey Joyce at if you need to cancel, would like to receive credit for a future workshop, or need to request a refund. Once a refund has been issued it can take 7 business days for the credit to show up on your original form of payment and you will receive an email notification informing you that your refund has been processed.

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