The South Arkansas Arts Center is going back to nature for February’s Corks and Canvas class! On Thursday, February 22 from 6-9pm, local artist Katie Harwell will lead participants in the Eco Printing process where they will create prints of leaves and flowers using the natural pigments, tannins and acids in nature. Corks and Canvas is designed for people who have always wanted to try their hand at art while also having some fun along the way.
In the eco printing process, Harwell will teach participants how she combines the pigments with dye fixatives, moisture, and heat and thus creating a print on paper. Harwell said, “I like Eco Printing because it’s a form of accidental art. The results are always surprising. Eco Printing creates unique, natural prints of leaves and flowers. You can even use the prints to create greeting cards.” During Corks and Canvas, participants will be using a heat press for immediate results, but Harwell will also include instructions for creating Eco Prints in the crockpot.
Katie Harwell grew up in El Dorado. A local artist and educator, she holds a Bachelor of Interior Design from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. Married to Scott Harwell for 24 years, they have a 18-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter. Harwell currently teaches visual art classes at El Dorado High School and The South Arkansas Arts Center. In addition to teaching, Harwell serves on the Vestry at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, and is a Campfire Leader who enjoys decorating their 110-year-old home, shopping at Flea Markets and watching scary movies with her mom.
No experience is needed in order to participate in Corks and Canvas. Come enjoy a time of relaxation with your friends while learning a new artistic technique. All the supplies are provided, and SAAC will also be providing snacks. Participants are welcome to bring their own drink of choice.
Get ready to have a fun night with friends. You can register for the workshop on SAAC’s website, www.saac-arts.org or call the office at 870-862-5474. Limit of 12 participants. The workshop fee is $40.
SAAC is located at 110 East Fifth Street, El Dorado, Arkansas.