Join local artist Melissa Jenkins and owner of Stonewell Lavender Farm Lee Anne Downey for a collaborative workshop introducing you to the world of lavender, foraging, and ink making to create your own work of art. Melissa is a local abstract artist and former high school teacher. She has taught several workshops at West Elm in Toronto, Rug and Weave in Guelph and in various locations in and around Erin. She is passionate about teaching others to transpose their experiences in nature into abstract interpretations of art. Lee Anne is the owner and mastermind behind Stonewell Farm, where she and her husband renovated an 1872 stone farmhouse and began growing lavender two years ago. Stonewell farm currently offers a beautiful location for professional photographers and small batch, hand-made products from lavender grown on the farm. Lee Anne is passionate about healthy living, natural products, responsible land stewardship, and nature in general.
In this workshop Lee Anne will impart her knowledge about the process of growing, harvesting and producing lavender products. You will also have the opportunity to wander the stunning fields of Stonewell Farm and forage for lavender and sumac. Next, we will gather in the gourmet kitchen overlooking the lavender fields where Melissa will demonstrate the process of creating your own ink from lavender, blueberries and sumac.
As the ink is cooling, we will convene on the terrace and Melissa will guide you in drawing continuous line botanical art. Finally, you will paint your hand-crafted ink onto your drawing!
The workshop will include lavender snacks and drinks served to you on the terrace overlooking the vibrant fields of lavender. Please notify us if you have any food allergies or preferences. All ink making supplies and art supplies are included. You will take home a botanically dyed apron, foraging bag and cloth napkin, your artwork, three bottles of ink, ink recipes, your paint brush and a bundle of lavender. Please bring hiking shoes, sun screen, a hat, and appropriate clothing. There is no need to bring your own bug spray as a lavender essential oil blend will be provided! Please note that there are bee hives on the property.