Summer Camp – Indigo Fabric Dying

Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21
12:30 – 3:30pm (Half Day Camp)
All instruction will take place at The Artsmiths in Mt. Lebanon.

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CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn the process of hand dying fabrics to make your own designs. Go beyond the basics to discover techniques for making interesting patterns and color gradation.

INSTRUCTOR: Laverne Kemp – LaVerne’s award-winning textiles have been a fixture of Pittsburgh’s fiber arts community for over thirty years. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Pennsylvania and Ohio and, notably, featured three times in Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art
Competition and Exhibition at the African American Museum in Dallas,
Texas as well as The African American Art Exhibition at “Actors Theater “ in Louisville, Kentucky. She has been a committed teaching artist for children and adults for many years through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. LaVerne recently accepted the position of president of Women of Visions, an African American women’s art collective based in Pittsburgh. LaVerne says, “A part of me is interwoven into each piece that I create. Like my life, my weaving is a collaboration of color, texture and pattern. Over the years my fiberwork has evolved into an art form rather than simply traditional weaving. I have explored and incorporated photo transfer, batik, stamping, dying, beading, hand and machine assembly, embroidery and quilting … My art and my passion are interwoven as one fabric.”


TUITION: $ 125 includes Eventbrite fee and materials.

MATERIALS NEEDED: All materials are provided by the Artsmiths of Pittsburgh and costs are included in the tuition.

LUNCH: This is a half day camp so lunch is not required.

CANCELLATIONS: Occasionally camps are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. In such cases, we will notify you approximately 3 days before the camp was scheduled to begin & the full tuition will be refunded.

WITHDRAWALS & REFUNDS: Students may withdraw from a camp by calling the Artsmiths. A $25 charge applies to all withdrawals, regardless of when it occurs. No camps will be refunded with less than two week’s notice.

DISCOUNTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS – Families who register more than one student or students who take more than one class in the same summer will receive a 10% discount on the registrations after the first one. You must email us at to receive this discount. Students who would have financial difficulty registering for a camp may apply for a scholarship.  A very small number of scholarships are available at this time but if you need financial help, please click here and complete our scholarship application. All correpondance is entirely confidential.

CORRESPONDENCE: The Artsmiths communicates to students and parents through email. Please make sure to include your email address when you register. You will receive a confirmation email for your registration. In addition you will need to complete our Emergency and Authorization Information, and Special Needs Forms. These can be found by clicking here. You will also receive a reminder email 7 days before the start of camp.

REGISTRATION:  Click here.