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Brief description

Learn the art of Batik and Shibori using traditional methods. Visually stunning fabrics created using hot wax and cold dyes.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

People wanting to build underlying skills in order to build the confidence to join other higher level accredited courses.

  • Unemployed people (adults 19+)*
  • People with key and basic skills needs: literacy, numeracy, language.
  • People who are underrepresented in educational opportunities, including black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lone parents & older adults (60+).
  • People in low paid and unskilled work, part time and temporary workers.
  • New Learners

Course description in brief

Learn the art of batik and Shibori using traditional methods. Visually stunning fabrics using hot wax and cold dyes.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    By the end of the course the learner will have…

    • gained confidence in using a range of craft materials and equipment.
    • started to understand some basic design principles.
    • increased their visual awareness.
    • become aware of some relevant Health & Safety issues.
    • created some hand-crafted objects to take home.
    • increased confidence to participate in discussions and feedback.
    • evidence of learning in a simple log, portfolio or sketchbook.

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

No previous experience or qualifications are needed to join. All you need is to want to ‘have a go’ and willingness to help create a supportive learning environment for all participants

What equipment will I need for the course?

All the basic working equipment is available in the workshop. It is advisable to wear an apron or old shirt/smock, as some work is rather messy. Be aware we are dealing with dyes and this will not wash out of your clothes or shoes. A pen and paper may be useful for keeping notes.

What materials will I need for the course?

There will be a charge for fabric and dyes

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

Week one: Introduction to the course, history of batik, health and safety information. Introducing tie-dying using cold water dyes. Experiment with colour.

Week two: Introduction to Shibori. Experiment with different techniques.

Week three: Introduction to wax and specialist tools.

Week four: Plan design of 1st simple one colour batik using images from books and the internet. Sketch out the design to plan the separate areas. First waxing of the cloth and first dyeing. Take photographs of each stage of the batik.

Week five: Work on plan for more complex batik, using more colours. Discussion about how colour works with dyes. Remove wax from simple batik.

Week six: Complete plan for batik and do the first waxing and dyeing.

Week seven: Do 2nd waxing and dyeing

Week eight: Do 3rd waxing and dyeing

Week nine: Do 4th waxing and dyeing. Start a freehand batik.

Week ten: Complete freehand batik. Remove wax from the complex batik. Work on freehand batik. Discussion about progression and evaluate the course. Complete paper work and assessments.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

We hope that you are able to attend all sessions. We ask that you commit to arriving on time for each session to allow the tutor to plan demonstrations and learning activities. As well as creating practical Art & Craftwork you will be encouraged to keep a simple log of learning and project sheets to demonstrate your learning and development. To help each other to learn. To be pleasant to other students/staff.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You will take part in discussions with the tutor and class members/group throughout the course to continually review and assess your progress. You and your tutor will assess your progress and achievement during the course and at the end of the course with consideration for other possible progression opportunities

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

There are many possible progression routes you may consider after the course. Natural progression will be onto the Certificated courses at level 1: laterally onto a beginners course in another craft area; progress onto an arts leisure course . The tutor will give information about progression opportunities near the end of the course, or an appointment with an advice and guidance worker can be made.

How will I say what I think about the course?

You will have the opportunity to feedback what you think about the course at several points. You will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form during the course and you may be asked by your tutor to fill in other evaluation documents. If at any point you have a problem that you would like to discuss that isn’t appropriate for the tutor, make an appointment to see the programme manager or advice and guidance worker.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
L555a 2 Friday 10am – 12pm 29 Sep to 8 Dec 2017 (10 weeks) Full rate £66.00; R rate £22.00; A rate £6.00 (funder_code:L)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

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