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The Future of Color: Botanical Painting and Earth Pigments

November 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

a paint palette with colorful paint dabs and a photo of cave art

Join Maria Schechter in exploring natural materials to create color palettes from fruits, flowers, and earth pigments. Prepare a couple of pigments from a recipe, and then paint with them. The painting and some supplies will be yours to keep.
        — November 2, 2024, 10 am to 2 pm
        — Ivy Tech Bloomington, Indiana — Room D201


  • Begin with a virtual tour of the Lascaux Caves in France.
  • Learn about the history and use of earth pigments.
  • Discuss tannins and mordants (substances used to bind dyes to fabrics) that are used in natural dyeing.
  • Process and create botanical colors from materials like black walnuts, onion skins, avocado seeds, and blueberries.
  • Learn from Ellen Jacquart, director of MC IRIS, why native plants are important and find out what we can do to help preserve and maintain healthy landscapes.


  • Examine ancient wall paintings and illuminated manuscripts.
  • Process one or two colors with a group of others using pre-prepared materials and a processing video.
  • Understand mordants, tannins, and alternative salts/metals for dyeing.

Materials Provided:

  • Stretched, recycled watercolor paper that has been prepared with layers of processed onion skins; pipettes and brushes
  • Definition list, dyer’s method recipe, and list of mordant modifiers.
  • Recipe journal, brushes, magnifying glass, and reference books.
  • Link to Maria’s YouTube channel for detailed instructions.


  • Confidence in processing foraged materials at home.
  • Encouragement to explore and experiment with botanical dyeing
  • A two-color bio art painting
  • A gift bag with:
    — Recipes
    — A list of reference books and links to videos
    — A handmade recipe journal to write down your own recipes
    — Brushes and a handheld magnifying glass

No prior skill required, just a love for nature and curiosity!

Maria Schechter photoMaria Schechter is a bio-artist who uses foraged botanical mycelium and mineral palettes. Maria grows her color garden and works with materials such as flowers, fruits, mushrooms, and roots to develop organic painting palettes. Learn more and see Maria’s biography at: http://artistsforclimateawareness.org/maria-schechter-bio/

Fee: $60 nonmembers; $35 for current Artists Climate Awareness members
(Not a member? The nonmember workshop fee includes a new annual membership. Already a member? Contact art4climate@carolrhodes.net to register.)

MC IRIS Bloomington logoAlong with art, all our events include education and guidance on climate and environmental action. A portion of the proceeds will go to MC IRIS, a 501(c)3 organization.

Artists for Climate Awareness logoArtists for Climate Awareness is pleased to offer this workshop as part of its series to help artists learn how to use art as a way to bring social awareness to conservation efforts in your communities.

As such, a portion of the workshop fee will go toward a Contributors membership in Artists for Climate Awareness.

 Each participant will be automatically considered a member of Artists for Climate Awareness at the Contributor’s level (equivalent to $35) for one year. Contributors get workshop and event discounts, news, an opportunity to publish their artwork on our website, and enhanced insider participation.

With thanks and appreciation to:


November 2
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Carol Rhodes
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Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington, IN
200 Daniels Way
Bloomington, IN 47404 United States
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