Nature-Crafted Inks/Watercolor Paints

Nature-Crafted Inks/Watercolor Paints
Saturday, January 27, 10 am to 2 pm
UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden

(Cost $45 members/ $60 non-members plus $10 for materials)
Ages 12 and up. Class size is limited to 12.
Call the Arboretum and Botanic Garden Office at 831-502-2998 to pay and reserve your space
Office Hours: 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday

Charcoal ink
Charcoal ink

Ink- and paint-making will be merged into one comprehensive workshop on local color palettes.   Learn about the origins of color, work with select rock and plant samples, and take a local walk to learn about different species that lend themselves to exquisite color. Each participant will learn hands-on paint grinding techniques and will take home a sample card of local colors and an instructional pamphlet on how to reproduce the process.

Instructor: Melody Overstreet is a local artist, poet, and educator. She has exhibited her work locally as well as internationally, with her most recent series landing at the Rui Cunha Foundation in collaboration with the Yun Yi Arts and Cultural Communications Association in Macau, China.  She teaches Book Arts at Kirby School, and offers nature-craft centered workshops through Cabrillo College Extension, UCSC's Porter Core Series, and The Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. Her educational approach emphasizes the importance of connection to our origins through place, community, and seeds.

*Payment must be received in order to secure your place in the class.  If you are unable to make the class, notice of cancellation must be received by the office by 12 noon on Wednesday 1/24/18 to receive a refund.  Refunds may take up to two weeks to process.

Read/download a flyer for this event. (pdf)


This is the first in a series of Monthly Nature-Craft Workshops planned for 2018. Most workshops will be 4 hours in length (10 am to 2 pm) on a Saturday or Sunday at the end of the month. They are intended to help participants develop a skill using the natural materials around us. They will include such activities as flower arranging, basketry, herbal salves, paper making, wreath construction, and much more. Workshop cost for Arboretum members will be $45/non-Arboretum members will be $60 (+ materials where relevant)….so become a member and SAVE.

Topics and dates for Future Workshops are yet to be finalized, so check back soon for more details!