Colour into cloth – screenprinting and painting textiles with Carole Waller

Art textiles

Ref: SLW11425

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About this course

Discover simple ways to experiment with dyes and pigments to create your own fabrics. Develop an individual visual style and make painterly, printed art fabrics for interiors or unique clothing.

Course Description

If you have a passion for colour and contemporary textiles, this course will introduce processes and materials for painting and screenprinting fabrics in very simple ways. The course will allow you to investigate and experiment to find a personal language with these techniques, enabling you to explore ideas with confidence.

Simple screenprinting techniques, monoprinting and painting using dyes and pigments on silks and cottons will be introduced in an experimental context. The techniques are suitable to create work for use as wall-pieces and hangings, cloth for clothing or any other use. You will discover your visual language and should be prepared to sample/discover/rethink and recycle with an open mind. Nothing will be wasted.

The tutor will give demonstrations as you work on individual projects. Group discussions and reviews will be integral to the course. Handouts will be provided with details of suppliers and methods used.

Please note that the course can be tiring as you will be standing all day, and into the evening at times.


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 until 9pm, 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


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing dyes and pigments supplied by the tutor

What students need to bring

  • Scissors
  • Apron, old or protective clothing
  • Mark-making tools such as rollers, sponges, other items to give good textures, etc.
  • Examples of your own work, if you would like to show them to the group or the tutor

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Fabric (natural fibres) – the tutor will have suitable fabrics for purchase too
  • Drawing equipment
  • Sketchbooks
  • Charcoal
  • Paintbrushes – large and small including household
  • Craft knife – new and sharp
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


Carole Waller

Carole Waller is a well-known textile artist with an international reputation for her expressive approach to putting ideas, colour and imagery into cloth.Her own work is suffused with colour and depth - and her knowledge of working on 'unprimed' canvases, silks, cottons, wool and manmade fabrics has been acquired in the 25 years she has run her studio near Bath.


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

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