Artisan Preparatory

Artisan Preparatory

Artisan Preparatory renders creative learning that is engaging, fun and sustainable. Our hands-on curriculum PREPARES each ARTISAN with a ingenious foundation that enriches future educational opportunities.  We believe that artistry is gifted to every student, it is our aspiration to to Capture,

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Dyeing for Art


Program description

In this residency, students learn about different kinds of dyes that can be used in artwork. Students use ready made dyes, they also make their own dye out of natural resources. Natural dyes provide a scientific and historical curriculum.  This residency also has an African American cultural option.

Program Detail

Program type: Day Trip, Out-of-School-Time, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Multi-discipline, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: American, Multicultural
Subject: Science, Social Studies / History, Visual Arts
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

  This residency is available Monday through Thursday.

Available times:

8 am-6 pm

Length of program: 45 minutes per session
Space / technical requirements:

 This residency requires large room or outdoor space with access to water and sink.


Educational facility.  There is a $50 trip fee outside of Mecklenburg County.

Fees / Ticketing:

 $495 for a one-day residency. This price includes three 45-minute sessions a day.

$1450 for 3-day residency. This price includes three 45-minute sessions a day.

Above fees cover watercolor, marker, painting or wire sculpture illustration sessions. There is a $50 surcharge for ceramic classes.


NC Standard Course of Study:

Common Core Standard
1 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. Students are presented with dyed art pieces by diverse media and formats. They look, listen and design their own dyed art project.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Students listened to lesson and produce dyed art. They present their finished work to classmates in the form of critiques.
3 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations. The final piece of artwork provides visual display of students interpretation of dyed art.

NC Essential Standards:

K.V.1 Use the language of visual arts to communicate effectively. Students will learn to understand tools, communicate the meaning of art and understand elements of art
2.V.2 Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression.  Students create art from real and imaginary sources of inspiration.
2.CX.2 Understand the interdisciplinary connections and life applications of the visual arts.  Understand relationships between art and
concepts from other disciplines, such as math, science, language arts, social studies, and other arts. 


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


Allison Houchins
Hiddenite Museum
316 Hiddenite Church Rd, Hiddenite, NC 28636
(828) 632-6966

Tanya Staggs
Travellers Rest
636 Farrell Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37220
(615) 832-8197

Sam Davis Home
1399 Sam Davis Rd, Smyrna, TN 37167

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations should be made within two 2 weeks of the scheduled event.  A cancellation fee of $250 will be charged per session.