West Virginia
Nature Printing
Drawing inspiration from your idyllic surroundings in the Appalachian foothills, learn easy-to-use techniques to make beautiful nature prints, creating your own crafts and decorations.
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Program No. 5118RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

With the beautiful and serene Appalachian foothills as your home base, learn to make note cards, art work suitable for framing, cloth and clothing decorated with plant images. The 500 year old technique involves applying various kinds of inks to plants then pressing the inked surface onto paper or cloth to reproduce the plant with amazingly intricate detail. Explore your creativity without the need to draw of paint. The art is already in the plants.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Participants should be able to walk and stand in the classroom.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn hands-on techniques from a professional artist, and spend hours in the studio perfecting your craft.
  • Enjoy evening entertainment as a group, including a covered bridges field trip, or take advantage of free studio time.
  • Be inspired by the picturesque and tranquil backdrop of the Appalachian foothills and four peaceful lakes, and explore the area’s historic covered bridges, a two-story log cabin and a one-room schoolhouse.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: The unique experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Please note that there may be additional fees for supplies required. Please call for additional information. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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John Doughty
John Doughty is a retired chemist who has been doing nature printing for over 25 years. He is a 20-year exhibitor at the Mountain State Arts & Crafts Fair. John is past president of the international organization, The Nature Printing Society. His work was selected as part of a year-long exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and he is the co-author of a book, "Creating Art from Nature: How To Handprint Botanicals."

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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