Art textiles

Hand-painting pattern on calico and linen with Sarah Campbell

Ref: SLW09498

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About this course

Explore painting pattern on textiles – what it is, how it's used, why we love it and what part colour plays. Use heat-fix paints and inks, combined with mark-making to develop designs for fabric to wear, sit upon or sew into.

Course Description

In this course we will be looking at and painting pattern on textiles. Learning how paints and inks behave on fabric, you will start with simple mark-making and work towards making more complex designs on fabric to wear, hang, sit on, use in the home, to sew into and embellish, or as samplers.

Examples will be drawn mostly from Sarah's own body of work. You are encouraged to bring a little reference of favourite colours and cloth as a starting point.

We will use heat-fix fabric paints and inks, which remain colour and light-fast when ironed.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Apron or overall

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Gouache paint, brushes, A3 sketchbook/paper, pencils, rulers
  • Available from tutor:
  • On this course the tutor will supply fabric and fabric paints for use on the course. This charge of not more than £35 each should be paid to the tutor before the end of the course, by cash or cheque.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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