Dean Zoch, The Fiber Guy

Dean Zoch, The Fiber Guy

Dean Zoch is a Fiber Artist, Lapidist, Naturalist, and Educator. He has spent the last 6 years advocating for the importance of the arts into our education system. Always connecting art, science, and history into his workshops and residencies, Dean encourages students to take a hands-on approach to Fiber Arts helping to make the understanding of the science and history behind the vast legacy of textiles from animal skins to automation come alive. Each workshop or residency will incorporate multimedia and tactile lecture and fun, hands-on activities. In addition, the students get bragging rights, as they each get to keep their creations.


  8808 Driftwood Commons Ct



Natural Dyes Throughout History

Program description

This is a 3-day residency designed to compliment the social studies/history modules of your particular grade level. Through multi-media presentation and hands on dyeing, students will explore the cultivation, preparation and uses of traditional dye stuffs from different cultures around the world and how they became a part of commerce as various trade routes opened up. If appropriate to the curriculum, we can also examine how some natural dye plants became cash crops for the antebellum south, and make connections to Carolina history both in the Piedmont and the Appalachians.  Students will prepare dye baths, mordant cloth, and using resist techniques design squares to be incorporated into a wall hanging that can be displayed at the school, or raffled off as a fundraiser.

Booking / scheduling contact

Dean Zoch


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Multi-discipline, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Residency
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Subject: History, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Flexible, please contact provider

Available times:

Varies, please contact provider

Length of program: 1 hour, for 3 sessions
Space / technical requirements:

Work tables, running water, access to a screen or smart board.


School provided location or classroom

Fees / Ticketing:



NC Standard Course of Study:

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners

Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).

Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.

Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.

NC Essential Standards:

Visual Art Essential Standards

6-8.V.1 Use the language of visual arts to communicate effectively.

6-8.V.2   Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression.

6-8.V.3  Create art using a variety of tools, media, and processes, safely and appropriately.

B.V.2     Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression.

I.CX.1     Understand the global, historical, societal, and cultural contexts of the visual arts.

I.CX.2      Understand the interdisciplinary connections and life applications of the visual arts.

Social Studies Essential Standards

6.H.   Understand the political, economic and/or social significance of historical events,
issues, individuals and cultural groups.

6.E.1   Understand how the physical environment and human interaction affected the
economic activities of various civilizations, societies and regions.

7.G.1    Understand how geography, demographic trends, and environmental conditions shape modern societies and regions.

7.H.2   Understand the implications of global interactions.

7.G.1      Understand how geography, demographic trends, and environmental conditions
shape modern societies and regions.

8.G.1    Understand the geographic factors that influenced North Carolina and the United States.

8.E.1     Understand the economic activities of North Carolina and the United States.

8.C.1      Understand how different cultures influenced North Carolina and the United States.

WH.H.1    Apply the four interconnected dimensions of historical thinking to the Essential
Standards for World History in order to understand the creation and development of
societies/civilizations/nations over time.

WH.H.3     Understand how conflict and innovation influenced political, religious, economic and social changes in medieval civilizations.

AH1.H. 8   Analyze the relationship between progress, crisis and the “American Dream” within the United States.



Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): 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
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

We will work to reschedule if necessary, however, if you must cancel there will be a $100 cancellation fee.