Khadija’s Garden

71 Fanshaw St, London N1 6LA

Saturday 7th August 2021

12 - 2pm

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Age 15+

Join Polly in a pigment making workshop using found natural materials from Khadija’s Garden, and the surrounding area, to create artist's pigments.

On the workshop you will learn the tradition of processing earth into powder pigment through grinding and purification, and subsequently you will use the pigment to make watercolour paint.

At the end of the workshop, you will take home a hand-painted colour chart, purified pigment and watercolour paint.

IMPORTANT: Please bring a glass jar and lid.


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.