Otago Polytechnic

Textiles night class


Dunedin School of Art (P block, Riego Street)

One weekly session per term: Wednesdays, 6.00-8.00pm

On campus 

Various - see term dates to the left for options

Explore a variety of techniques associated with textiles and develop the skills and ability to translate these to fabric through a textiles-based project.

During this course, you will be introduced to a range of processes for working with different dye applications and textile paints. You will learn about block printing, screen printing processes, stencils, resists on fabric, various types of applique, machine embroidery and basic 3D construction.  

 While techniques will be taught assuming no prior textiles experience, those wishing to build on their knowledge will have the opportunity to work with the tutor at a more advanced level. These classes are therefore suitable for beginners to experienced artists.

Sound, safe, sustainable workroom/workshop practice will be demonstrated throughout the course.

2018 term dates 
Term one 19 February - 20 April (no classes Easter week (2-6 April)  
Term two 7 May - 29 June
Term three 16 July - 7 September 
Term four 17 September - 9 November

Please note: There will be no classes on public holidays.

Class content
  • Exploration and experimentation in the use of textiles
  • Textile-based design project.

The Textiles Studio and Dye Lab is well-equipped and provides a safe and sociable working environment. 

Class cost includes basic workshop materials such as rags, newsprint, photo emulsion and screen cleaner, some textile inks and dyes and the use of class equipment such as basic sewing tools, screens and squeegees, sewing machines and screen print tables. 

Materials you may find useful to bring from home include:

  • Pens/pencils
  • Fabric scissors, paper scissors
  • Assorted fabrics (natural fibres; cotton, linen, silk)
  • Sewing threads, needles, pins
  • Workbook for note taking
  • Dishwashing gloves (for clean-up)
  • Apron
  • Masking tape.

Please expect to pay for some further textile printing inks and dyes beyond those used in technical demonstrations. Costs depend on the quantity of ink/dye needed for individual projects. Please pay by cash or cheque directly to the tutor. 

For the first class, please bring some cartridge paper. 

Please note: You must wear closed/covered toe shoes in the Textiles Studio.


All art night classes are held at the Dunedin School of Art. Please click here for a map.


This class will be run by Karen Walton. 


For enquiries, please email Artnightclass@op.ac.nz



While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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