Faculty: Nick Neddo
Immerse yourself into the limitless potential of one of humankind’s classic mediums of creative expression: pen and ink. Students will make high quality drawing and writing inks from a wide variety of natural materials found directly on the earth. Explore different kinds of ink pigments ranging from berries, acorns, black walnut, to charcoal, stones and soot. The other primary focus of this workshop is the crafting of fine dip pens. Understand the principle characteristics and function of dip pens and make high quality drawing and writing tools from locally harvested wild materials, including: wild turkey feathers, phragmite reeds and various tree and shrub woods, as well as imported bamboo and river cane. Give your creative work a handmade edge with pens and inks that you make yourself.
Note: Students who attend this workshop can be introduced to new material and more advanced projects in the subsequent 5 day course: Rewild Your Art (July 16-20).
Other Workshops Offered by Nick Neddo this Session:
- ReWild Your Art: Renew Your Creative Nature Through Crafting Your Art Supplies Directly From The Wild!
- Wildcrafted Pigments, Paints & Paintbrushes
- Natural Hide Tanning & Leather-Crafting
Tuition & Fees: $135 covers the cost of the class, most course materials, and daily meals from our top-ranked Sterling Kitchen. Accommodations are not included in course pricing.
Housing Availability & Fees: On-campus housing is available for an additional fee of $60/night with a private bathroom and $50/night with shared bathrooms. Please note that Sterling College offers rustic/vintage/farmhouse style accommodations that are clean and safe but not luxurious. Availability is limited and room requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you prefer to stay off-campus please see our accommodations page for local recommendations.
Nick Neddo is a sixth-generation Vermonter who has been making art since he could first pick up a crayon. He grew up exploring the wetlands, forests, and fields of his bioregion and developed a profound curiosity, respect, and love for the community of life around him. As a youngster, Nick identified primary focuses that would become lifelong pursuits: study of the natural world, Stone Age technology (popularly known as primitive skills), and creating art. Everything changed for Nick when he started making his art materials directly from the landscape. The moment he begins working on a piece happens much earlier than that of the first pen line or brushstroke. His artistic process includes days and weeks of searching the landscape, gathering raw materials, processing and refining the elemental components and hand-crafting them into high quality tools and materials. Nick aspires to make tools that are as beautiful in their function and that retain as much of their raw form as possible. He transforms fibers, furs, berries, beeswax, muds, sticks and stones into pens, paint brushes, crayons, charcoal, inks, paints, paper, inkwells, and sketchbooks. The subject matter of many of Nick’s compositions represents the creatures who provided the raw materials to make the medium in which they are depicted. For example, when using ink he made from black walnut trees, with a pen he made from a black walnut twig, Nick is compelled to make images of this tree. Nick’s uniquely landscape-based approach to making art is detailed in his recent book, The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pigments, Prints and More from Nature (Quarry Books, 2015).