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Gizlice – Saturdays, Jan 8 – Feb 19, 11am – 1pm (In-Person)


Did you know that lichens can produce colors that range from earthy to electric? In this class, we will learn about sustainably collecting, cleaning and dyeing with lichens using the boiling water method and the ammonia fermentation method. Students will come away from the class with two completed dye projects and an understanding of each step in the lichen dyeing process. For the first class, we will meet at Mason Farm Biological Preserve to look at some lichens in their environment and learn to identify two species that produce bright orange and purple pigments– so wear your walking shoes!

*Note: No class the weekend of Jan 22.


Instructor Bio:

Ayla Gizlice is a Raleigh-based artist who works primarily in mixed media sculpture and installation. She earned a B.A. with highest honors in studio art and a B.S. in environmental science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her study of environmental science informs her work both conceptually and materially, as does her relationship with the Turkish landscape. She often works with materials found and collected from her local environment and is interested in the ecological proposition that this labor poses.


Due to the spread of the Delta Variant starting October 1, 2021, The ArtsCenter will be requiring proof of vaccination and masks (as per state-mandate) for anyone who attends our ArtSchool classes and in-person performances. This was not an easy decision to make however as a leading community organization, The ArtsCenter has a responsibility to the whole community and feel this mandate is the most sensible safety measure.
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In-person classes offered during the pandemic are conducted at a low maximum capacity and with social distancing measures in place. Masks must be worn at all times. Students are required to show instructors a proof of vaccination before attending in-person classes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for in-person classes offered during the pandemic.

All ArtSchool registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out.

ArtsCenter members receive 15% off of the cost of this course!