Join The Bray and guest artist Gunjan Kumar in this unique class focused on working with natural pigments, both organic and inorganic. The basis of study is the prehistoric cave paintings that date back between 10,000 and 40,000 years and related schools of Asian art that exemplify traditional pigment painting methods. Natural pigments have a distinct aura and when mixed with organic binders in varying densities can be used to create ethereal surfaces.
By focusing largely on the process of preparing paint out of pigments and natural binders (using some of the oldest known techniques!) students will learn various application methods and how to incorporate them into their own creative process. Learn to work with natural and naturally derived pigments such as calcium carbonate, powdered clays, oxides, various types of ochers, pine soot and more. Discover how to work on different types of natural surfaces along with traditional techniques of paper sizing and mounting.
Through engaging demonstrations and thought provoking lectures on such topics as Traditional Tibetan Pigment Painting, students will discover a new and expansive world of possibilities! Prior experience in art making is helpful but not necessary.