Nature Printing With Latifat Apatira - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Nature Printing With Latifat Apatira

Tue, Jul 5, 2022
3 sessions
$140 per person
Up to 30 people
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$140 per person
$140 per person
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What We’ll Do

In this three-part seminar, learn the art of nature printing, exploring the history and philosophies that accompany the technique as you go. 

Course Description

In this mixed-media workshop, join artist and plant enthusiast Latifat Apatira to learn a centuries-old printmaking technique that combines plant-pressing, botanical printing, and hand coloring. We’ll first look at the rich history of nature printing as a functional tool for botanists, explorers, physicians, and apothecaries dating back to the 16th century. After a printing demonstration, participants will experiment with creating hand-pressed compositions with ink and paper, using fresh flowers and foliage found in their own neighborhoods. Finally, we’ll move on to the last phase: hand-coloring our prints with watercolor paints.

The botanical nature printing process is unassuming and approachable; no previous art experience is necessary to achieve fulfilling results—only a love of plants. Capturing the various forms of flora from your own community can be relaxing, meditative, and heart opening. By the end of our time together, you’ll not only have several prints of your neighborhood plants and the tools and techniques to continue printing, but also a greater awareness of the botanical world around you.  

Syllabus at a Glance

This course includes three total sessions, each lasting 1.5 hours on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning July 5.

Session 1 (Tuesday, 7/5, 9–10:30 PM ET)| The Roots of Nature Printing: History, plant blindness, and demo

Session 2 (Tuesday, 7/12, 9–10:30 PM ET)| Printing Your Plants: Demo and time to print

Session 3 (Tuesday, 7/19, 9–10:30 PM ET)| Adding Color: Sharing our experiences, color demo, and hand-coloring

Between Sessions

Outside of class, participants will be encouraged to create additional botanical prints using foliage found in their neighborhood, as well as to briefly journal/reflect about their experience: Did you notice anything surprising about the plant you selected? Why did you select the plant you did? How did you think the print would turn out, and what surprised you with the process? 

Course Materials

Most supplies required for this course can be found at local arts and craft stores such as Blick or on Amazon, and shouldn’t exceed $50.00. Once acquired, they should supply you with a much greater quantity than you’ll use during class, so you’ll be able to continue making botanical nature prints on your own after the course ends. 

 

Pricing Options

In addition to full-price tickets, a limited number of no-pay spots are available for this course. Please note that these tickets are reserved for those who would not otherwise be able to take this course and who expect to attend all sessions. No-pay spots are distributed via a randomized drawing two weeks before each course begins. For more information and to apply for a no-pay spot, please click here. To learn more about our pricing model and randomized selection process for no-pay spots, please visit our FAQ page

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Where We’ll Be

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that will provide access to each class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access all sessions of your course via Zoom.

About Your Instructor
Latifat Apatira
Latifat Apatira

Latifat Apatira is a plant enthusiast and artist. Raised in northern California, she spent her youth exploring the expansive rural areas of the San Francisco Peninsula. Her fascination with the natural world directly results from the wonders produced by observing the peninsula’s oak woodlands, coastal scrublands, and redwood forests.


In 2018, she participated in a nature printing workshop and fell in love with the art form. Since then, she has served the community through plant and garden print commissions and her work has been displayed at several group and solo exhibitions throughout California, including the San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture. Her prints and writings have been published by the Parks Stewardship Forum and The Permanente Journal. She is a member of the international Nature Printing Society, the California Society of Printmakers, and the American Society of Botanical Artists.

What Else You Should Know

This is an interactive, small-group seminar that meets over Zoom. Students may be encouraged to participate in discussions, work on assignments outside of class, and workshop projects with their instructor or classmates. Due to the interactive nature of this course, we strongly recommend students attend as many live sessions as possible. Within 72 hours after each session meets, students will receive access to a recording of the live session, which they can watch for up to two weeks after the course concludes.

Instructors may use Google Classroom to communicate with students outside of class. While students aren’t required to use Google Classroom, instructors may use this platform to post resources, discussion questions, or assignments. This platform also offers a space for students to connect with one another about course material between sessions. 

We provide closed captioning for all of our courses and can share transcripts upon request. Please reach out to us at experiences@atlasobscura.com if you have any questions, requests, or accessibility needs.

Group Size

There are 30 spots available on this experience.

Dates and Availability
  • Tue, Jul 5, 2022
    9:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
    $140
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