Otago Polytechnic

Textile Art night class


Dunedin School of Art (P block, Riego Street)

One class per week for eight weeks: Wednesdays, 6.00-8.00pm

On campus 

Term Intakes: 17 February, 4 May, 13 July and 14 September 2020
You can apply anytime by clicking the light blue APPLY button (directly above the fee shown to the right of your screen). This will take you to our Eventbrite page where you can apply and pay online.

Explore how to apply colour, images and texture to fabric, and experiment with colour, sewing, and design. 

You'll learn various dyeing processes, such as tie dyeing/Shibori and natural dyeing with plants and foods, as well as different ways of printing and stamping fabrics. Try new techniques and extend your skills, and work on your own projects during class.

2020 term dates 
Term one 17 February - 10 April
Term two 4 May - 26 June
Term three 13 July - 4 September
Term four 14 September - 6 November

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

What if I want to attend the same course next term?

If you want to repeat this course, you will need to apply and pay for each term separately via our Eventbrite platform (by clicking the APPLY tab in the top right corner of this page).

Learners under 16
  • We welcome learners under 16 but they do need parental consent to take this night class. 
  • If you are a learner under 16, please do the following:
    • ask your parent or guardian if it's okay for you to do this night class 
    • apply online and tick the box during the application process that says that you are under 16 
    • ask your parent or guardian to send an email to anca@op.ac.nz (Art Night Class Administration) letting us know that they're happy for you to take the night class. 
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, but you will have to provide some things yourself. 

Requirements for the first night:

  • an apron or old shirt
  • a box of disposable gloves
  • a notebook and pencil
  • a box of re-sealable plastic sandwich bags
  • a dust mask
  • cartridge paper. 

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

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. 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. 


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


This class will be run by Karyn Walton. 

Karyn resides in Dunedin and graduated at Otago Polytechnic with a Certificate of Couture, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Masters of Fine Arts. She has worked extensively with several designers on fashion-based projects and has exhibited both locally and overseas. Her classes are packed with information and will encourage the students to extend themselves and explore other avenues to enrich their own work. Karyn enjoys working with collage techniques combining digital imagery with her painted and dyed fabrics to produce mixed media pieces that have a multi layered surface. As a teacher she encourages her students to work with design techniques that encourage creative expression, originality and to grow within themselves together with an unlimited supply of knowledge and skills in a friendly sharing environment.


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.