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Workshop Materials: Drawn to Fire: Charcoal Rubbings and Sowing Seeds

Date and time
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Workshop Materials: Drawn to Fire: Charcoal Rubbings and Sowing Seeds

Drawn to Fire: Charcoal Rubbings and Sowing Seeds is an online art workshop created and hosted by artist Alana Bartol and artist, botanist, educator Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed—both based in Mohkinstsis (Calgary)—in collaboration with the PHI Foundation’s education team. The live event will take place on Sunday, May 2, from 2 PM to 4 PM EST and is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Lee Bae: UNION, which runs from February 24 to June 20, 2021 at the PHI Foundation.

List of materials provided by the artists and the Foundation.
Pick-up at the Foundation.

PART 1: For the drawing portion of the workshop

MATERIALS PROVIDED
- 3 pieces of paper
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1 natural charcoal chunk
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1 invisible drawing by Alana from her ongoing, participatory artwork Westslope Cutthroat Trout (a canary in the coal mine)

MATERIALS REQUIRED (NOT PROVIDED)
- Milk
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Paintbrush

PART 2: For the Seeds for Grassy Mountain portion of the workshop
- 2 seed packets from Seeds for Grassy Mountain (one packet of seeds that do not require any treatment to germinate, and one packet of seeds that requires either stratification OR scarification to germinate).

PARTICIPATION OPTIONS
For this portion of the workshop, you may or may not need additional materials. In terms of materials, there are 3 options:

1. Seeds
Each participant will receive two packets of seeds from Seeds for Grassy Mountain : one that does not require any treatment to germinate, and another packet of seeds that requires either stratification OR scarification to germinate. Materials required for germinating seeds are listed below. Participants will need materials for basic seed planting and for either scarification or stratification.
2. Planting outdoors
In addition, seeds may simply be grown outdoors, so there is an option to participate without obtaining any additional materials. The advantage of completing the recommended processes, however, is that they do quite significantly increase the success of germinating the seeds.
3. Plant later
During the workshop, you may just learn about the processes of preparing the seeds and plant them later. 

MATERIALS REQUIRED (NOT PROVIDED)
- Pots with drainage to sow seeds
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Potting medium sufficient to fill pots, a standard peat or coconut coir based potting medium are recommended
- Tap water or distilled drinking water (bottled drinking water contains distilled water). For people using well water, please see note below.*
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Label (consider repurposing old milk containers or similar materials)
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Permanent marker

For the seeds that require scarification or stratification, you will also need the following:

For seeds that require stratification:
- 2 teaspoons of sand (which must be sterilized*). Horticultural cactus sand is already sterilized.
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Resealable plastic bag, e.g. Ziploc bag
- Distilled water is the best option (bottled drinking water contains distilled water). Tap water filtered with a Brita filter is also suitable. For people using well water, please see note below.*
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Masking tape (for making a label)
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Marker or pen
*How to sterilize sand: bake sand in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
*Well water: Please note that a high mineral content found in some well water may inhibit the growth of some plants. Well water may be filtered to remove minerals. Reverse osmosis or a water softening system can be used to remove minerals from water. Distilled drinking water may also be purchased (bottled drinking water).

For seeds that require scarification:
- 2 pieces of medium-grit sandpaper (10cm x 10cm is a sufficient size)

Photo: Alana Bartol, Plants of Grassy Mountain, 2020. Milk and charcoal on paper. Photo: blkarts.ca

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