Join artist Polly Bennett for a pigment making workshop using natural materials found in 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 nearby the 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.
Please bring jam jars with lids.
Price - £50.00
Time - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Date - 13th September 2022
Class held at Forest Deptford, Arch 133 Deptford Market Yard, Deptford, SE8 4NS