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Beautiful Bird Batik courses

Batik Courses
with 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.

Course Dates​...

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.


Stunning sea batik Jo Whiteland

Friday evening...

An introduction to this beautiful and colourful medium and time to think about your designs with drinks and nibbles.

Saturday ...

Jo will guide you 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. For those with some experience there will be opportunity to try more complex designs with more layers.


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 and guidance on how to finish your work.

All materials (including frames) are supplied.

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

A bit more about Batik...

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.

Some of our reviews...

Loved this course. Jo, teaching the course was brilliant and we produced so much over the weekend. I’m hooked on batik now. Bridget and Richard provided amazing cakes and lunches which topped it all off perfectly!! And the place was fantastic too. Thank you to everyone xxx

Great Batik Weekend

Myself and a friend stayed at Moor and Sea to take part in a weekend batik course and had a great time. It was a really friendly group, and the tutor Jo Whiteland was excellent. Bridget and Richard were great hosts and their homemade lunches and cakes were delicious. We stayed in Linnet Lodge. It was spotlessly clean, very comfortable and had everything we needed. The views over the countryside are stunning. All in all a really good weekend and we hope to go again

holiday accommodation art courses North Devon

Set between Exmoor and the stunning North Devon Coast, beautifully furnished, south-facing stone lodges with lovely views surrounded by 12 acres of gardens and wild meadow paths.

Self Catering

South Facing Screened Terrace

Comfy Beds

Super Fast WiFI

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