London Fine Art Studios

Unit 101, Battersea Business Centre, 99-109 Lavender Hill, London SW11 5QL

Wednesday 19th October 2022

18:30 - 20:30


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IMPORTANT: Please bring a glass jar and lid.

"Join artist Polly Bennett in a pigment making workshop using found natural materials from the surrounding area to create artist's pigments.




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 that much more connected to Earth.



On this pigment making workshop participants will learn how to grind and purify natural pigment and subsequently turn the finished pigment into paint. The pigment used will come from earth sourced from the nearby location of the workshop, i.e. garden, woodland, the Thames, etc, celebrating a sense of place and environmentally-friendly practices.


The workshop also teaches sustainable methods and historical context when discussing all the materials gathered and used."