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ArtHouse Jersey

Greve de Lecq Barracks, St Mary, Jersey, JE3 3AA

Sunday 19th March 

11am - 4pm 


From £49.46

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Join Polly Bennett in a master class in pigment making. In this workshop you will be taken outside to collect material to make artists pigment from, and learn how to use, identify, and safely forage natural artists materials. After lunch, you will learn how to grind and purify your found materials into natural pigment and subsequently turn the finished pigment into paint. The pigment used will come from earth sourced from nearby the location of the workshop, celebrating a sense of place and environmentally-friendly practices. At the end of the workshop, you will take home a hand-painted colour chart, purified pigment and watercolour paint.

Please bring a glass jar + lid and a packed lunch, there is a kitchen to heat food. Everything else is provided including tea and coffee. Please dress warmly and bring sturdy shoes and outdoor coats.

The use of pigments is ingrained in human civilisation, having provided us with the means of

expression since prehistoric times.The oldest known use of pigments is a recently found cave painting of a wild pig, found in a cave in Indonesia, made at least 45,500 years ago. The first pigments to be used by man were yellow earth (ochre), red earth (ochre), white chalk, bone white (burning bone), bone black (charred bone) and carbon/lamp black (soot of burning animal fats). A lot humbler than the options we have today, and more connected to Earth.

On the workshop participants learn:

• The historical origins of pigment

• Responsibilities and health & safety of collecting natural materials and processing pigment

• About different binders, specifically gum arabic and its history and sustainability

• About different types of natural pigment: mineral (inc. shell - calcium carbonate), metal compound, animal, plant, charcoal

• How to identify and use natural artist materials

• How to grind, sieve and purify mineral into pigment

• How to create watercolour paint with raw pigment

Participants take home:

• Handout with notes and reading recommendations

• Hand-painted colour wheel

• Watercolour paint

• Purified pigment that they can continue to purify more at home

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