Smithsonian Classes: Fish and Leaf Prints

This spring I’m teaching for the first time at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.!

Fierston watercolor

On April 27, I’ll be teaching watercolor and printmaking in a 5 hour workshop called Leaves Two Ways.    First you’ll transform contour drawings of leaves into transparent watercolor paintings.  Then you’ll use the same leaves to make leaf prints using a walking press.  You’ll leave the workshop with several 8 x 10 inch watercolor paintings and botanical leaf prints.  The cost is $105, which includes all supplies.

Come learn the Japanese art of gyotaku  in Fabric Printing Using Natural Materials on Saturday May 4 as you print with actual fish on linen in a 5 hour workshop.  Experiment with hand printing on fabrics using colorful Akua printmaking ink on muslin, and take home a hand printed canvas bag. The cost is $110, which includes all fish and other supplies.

For more info or to sign up for a class, go to or call 202-633-3030.

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