From the Ground Up: Oregon Mineral Watercolor Paints with Carolyn Sweeney

Date: Saturday September 03, 2022 - Sunday September 04, 2022
Time: 10am-3pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday
Location: Portland Studio and Offsite
Teacher: Carolyn Sweeney
Tuition: $260
Materials: $35
Availability: 7 open

Curious about regional color? Interested in exploring the concept of place-based making? Or maybe just looking to learn how to make your own mineral paint?  

This two-day intensive offers students the opportunity to understand color and paint from the ground up. Carolyn Sweeney of Strata Ink is guiding an experience that takes students into the field, foraging for local mineral pigments, then back to the studio to learn how to turn these minerals into watercolor paint. Day one will be spent on a foraging excursion, learning how to safely and respectfully gather mineral pigments. The group will investigate the properties of these foraged minerals and do some initial cleaning and processing together in the field. On day two, students will be immersed in the ancient craft of grinding minerals into pigments using a mortar and pestle, learning the technique of levigation. To complete the process, students will work together to mull the mineral pigments into a finished state, and using a natural binder, will create a set of watercolor paints. Students will leave with a set of hand mulled mineral pigment watercolors. 

Day one of the workshop will be held within an hour drive of the Portland Metro Area. 

Day two will be held at WildCraft's SE Portland studio.

This workshop is open to anyone 18 years old & over, who is prepared to hike all day (rain or shine) on uneven terrain, off-trail. This is not a suitable workshop for those with health conditions that may be triggered or exacerbated by hiking, carrying a backpack, or being outside for 5+ hours in variable weather conditions. All participants must meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria for Off-Site or Nature courses as well as the Essential Eligibility for Studio Classes. Listed class locations are approximate and are subject to change at WildCraft’s sole discretion depending on weather conditions and other seasonal factors. A packing list and exact location will be provided 5 days prior to the workshop date. Please leave dogs at home.

All participants must accept the inherent risks of participating in an outdoor adventure and agree to sign a liability waiver. This waiver describes in more detail the risks you assume by participating in an Off-Site or Nature course.  PLEASE carefully review it!

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