Upcoming Workshops 

New online courses will be announced soon

Saturday, September 26th, 2020

We will use Saffron, Hibiscus tea, Safflower, and logwood for this workshop and learn how to extract colors, create our own swatch color pallet and enjoy painting on paper or canvas.

This is a level 1 workshop and no need to have any artistic background.


Coming soon

May 2020

Information posted soon


This workshop is together with University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. You will learn how to create different shades from ordinary spices and tea such as turmeric, saffron, and black tea and start painting with them.

This is an introduction to getting to know the world of natural colors, pay more attention to your environment and nature around you, and find meditation and relaxation through the process of creating your own colors and paint from accessible materials in your kitchen.

No artistic background is needed! Though our joyful and playful process, everyone will be ready to open up their creative self.

You can follow the process through the workshop or do it after by watching the recording provided. A materials list will be provided upon registration.

Introduction to Painting with Turmeric, Tea & Saffron

Saturday Sept. 26, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST (US Pacific Time)
This workshop is together with UC Berkeley

at UC Berkeley Site

This is an online, Zoom workshop.

Painting with natural inks has its own rules and techniques. Which is different from synthetic colors lessons. 

In this workshop we create simple inks from Hibiscus, Turmeric, Saffron and Safflower, try different modifiers and binders to change the flow and texture of the colors.

In the second part we learn different painting techniques with these inks and paint on paper.

After the workshop, you will receive the homework list together with recording, references, samples.

In the follow up session which will be the day after the workshop, we will go over works and questions.

The  dried plants, spices, mordants, and binders needed for this workshop will be mailed if you don't have them. Check Starter Kit.

Please Note: This is not a repeat of the previous workshops "Painting with Tea, Saffron and Beyond" or "Introduction to Painting with Turmeric". If you passed those workshops this will be the continuation and if not, I will review the process quickly and move to the using binders and painting techniques and you can easily follow the process.

Flow, Glow, and Texture in Painting with Natural Colors

Saturday July, 25, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 PM EST
Follow up Session:
Sunday 26, 2020
 6:00 PM EST
FEE $35
(Discounted from Regular price $90)

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