Pigments of Place: Natural Paint Making with Tilke Elkins
Location: Portland Studio
Teacher: Tilke Elkins
Iron oxide, which turns red when exposed to air, is one of the most widespread pigments on earth. Iron is a mineral chameleon of sorts, transforming rock and earth into not just red, but a paint-box of many colors depending on geological circumstances. This class is an invitation to connect with the land and its colors by learning to make paint with a rainbow of different iron ore-based earths and rocks. Learn how to recognize minerals suitable for paint-making and the ethics for sensitive foraging, then have hands-on experience grinding, filtering, and preparing pigments gathered in Oregon by Tilke Elkins. Leave with three different pigment samples and water-based paint recipes that you can repeat at home.
No previous experience necessary. Open to all adults, 16 & up.