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Learn Batik Painting

Instructor: Karen Charbonneau Zukas

Ages: 15 up

Format:  2 1/2 hour workshop

Dates: Friday, May 17th

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 

Course Fee: $55 All materials included; stretchers, muslin cloth, dyes, wax, canting or tjanting tools, brushes, pencils, hot iron, news papers etc.  

Learn Batik Painting

  • Using the Direct Application style of Batik (painting, not dipping), on cotton muslin fabric, you will create a beautiful batik design (you may bring your own, or use one of ours).  Batik lends itself well to natural objects, like flora, fauna, insects or repetetive design and even landscapes.  You will learn, step by step this wax resist method of ink dying fabric.  We will take you through step by step and you will leave with a gorgeous finished product.  With its history in the Far East, Middle East, Central Asia, Indonesia, Egypt and India from over 2000 years ago, it is no wonder this time honored, hand mastered technique is still going strong.  It is not as commercialized as it once was, due to the labor intensiveness of the product, but even its stamped counterparts are delightful to behold. In the late 1800s, it became a past time for the commoner all across Europe and the Americas.  


    Karen Charbonneau Zukas is a graduate of Tufts university and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with a master’s degree in education from Western New England University and was a pupil of Barnet Rubenstein (pupil of Oscar Kokoshka).  She is a recognized portrait painter and potter and former columnist for the Bulletin in Boston.  She has been teaching various subjects, primarily advanced ESL, fine art history, painting, drawing, clay and print making as well as writing, test prep, debate and humanities; at universities, preparatory, public, private and international schools and community ed in Boston for over 35 years and now locally.  She and her family moved back to the south coast in 2013.  She is the proprietor of Peasantware Pottery in New Bedford and the founder of The New Bedford Art and Cultural Emporium at Kilburn !  

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