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Batik Courses
Two day workshops in Batik with an introduction to Batik and design evening
taught by Jo Whiteland


Spend the weekend learning the ancient art of batik and create your own unique batik paintings.


Jo has over 20 years experience of working as a batik artist alongside teaching batik to adults & children.  

This weekend course is suitable for both complete beginners and those with some experience.


Jo Whiteland teaching Batik at Moor and Sea Holidays in North Devon

Batik is both an art and a craft, which is becoming ever more popular and well known among contemporary artists all over the world, as a wonderfully creative medium. The art of decorating cloth using wax and dye, has been practised for centuries in many parts of the world including China, Japan, India, South America and Europe.

In Java, an island in Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is still made there. The word batik originates from the Javanese word “tik” which means to dot. Batik is both a verb (to batik) and a noun (a batik – an object made by batiking!). Batik is usually made on a fabric surface (such as cotton, silk, linen, rayon or hemp), but batik techniques can also be used on paper, wood, leather and even a ceramic surface.

To make a batik, selected areas of the design are blocked out by applying hot wax over them, a dye is applied on top and the parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour. A simple batik may be just one layer of wax and one dye, but this process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated many times if necessary to create more elaborate and colourful designs. After the final dyeing the wax is removed (usually in hot water) and the cloth is ready for wearing or displaying.

Batik course at Moor and Sea Holidays

Course Dates

March 22nd 24th 2024

May 17th-19th 2024

October 11th -13th 2024

Course Price 

£180   All materials, lunch each day,cake and refreshments are included


Accommodation at Moor and Sea Holidays

20% discount for guests on the course(applies to stays of 3 nights or more for art courses)

Contact us directly by phone or email to book courses and accommodation.

Colourful Batik pieces made on three day course with Jo Whiteland at Moor and Sea Holidays

There will be an introductory talk on Friday evening, where Jo will discuss the history of batik and talk about how she produces her batik paintings (techniques we will then be using over the weekend).


There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions & discuss individual projects ready for the next day. Jo will bring plenty of designs for you to choose from, but you are welcome to bring your own designs too! Or find inspiration from our beautiful setting at Moor & Sea.

Batik Octopus by Jo Whiteland

Saturday - for those new to batik we will be going through the stages from design to producing a simple 2 - 3 layer batik by applying wax as a resist & painting on silk paints, before dipping it in a dye bath to create the characteristic batik effect. You will also have time to start your next piece.


Sunday - an opportunity to hone your skills on your second batik painting, as well as starting a 3rd if you have time. There will also be time to iron the wax out of the paintings & a discussion on how to finish your work.

All materials (including frames) are supplied.

Approx size for designs is 35cm x 45cm & 35cm x 35cm.

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