Oxford Summer School

Batik inspired by John Piper 

Wednesday 2nd August 2023 for 3 days — Cost: £156

Tutor: Jenny O'Leary

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The artist John Piper created atmospheric images of the English landscape and its architecture. Using his work as inspiration we will use the technique of batik – hot wax resist on different surfaces. On day one we will work on tissue paper & found papers  with bleach and inks to create marks, textures and effects inspired by the artist’s work. On the second day we will explore the similarities and different reactions when combining inks and was onto fabric. On the final day you will experiment using other forms of resist such as oil pastels, candles and stencils with the hot wax and further develop your work on either tissue or fabric or a combination of the two. An exciting course allowing for exploration and discovery. You will create a number of samples during the workshop and while they designed to be stand alone pieces you could also spend time making backgrounds for further development with stitch after the workshop.

No experience is necessary as the technique will be taught from scratch. A number of samples will be created during the workshop.


  • Architectural & landscape images for inspiration
  • John Piper images of landscape & architecture for inspiration
  • Pritt type glue stick
  • Hairdryer
  • Apron
  • Scissors
  • White or light paper such as handmade papers, old book pages etc up to A4
  • White or light cotton fabric, vintage or pre used is ideal  A4-A3

  • Stretched canvas up to A3 - optional

Materials Cost

Jenny will provide cartridge paper, tissue paper, wax, inks, oil pastels, candles, pva, use of  all tools and equipment  at a cost of £8 per person. 

She will have some books of John Pipers work for inspiration too