Working with found pigments is a wonderful way to engage with the local landscape and tie artwork to a specific place. Inspired by exhibition artists Aloïse Corbaz and James Castle, who used the natural materials available to them to create their work, participants in this workshop will be introduced to the natural colors of foraged mineral pigments and botanical lake pigments. Teaching artist Natalie Stopka will share a hands-on demo of pigment grinding and paint mixing with a soy binder, focusing on a selection of lake pigments from her studio garden. Students will then use the handmade paints to create their own works on paper. All materials are provided. The program is limited to 20 individuals.
Natalie Stopka is a New York based textile artist and educator focused on historical surface patterning techniques including natural dyeing, marbling, and pigment extraction. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Images: Aloïse Corbaz (1886, Lausanne, Switzerland–1964, Gimel, Switzerland); untitled (“l’Amerique Stubborn President”); 1953; colored pencil, graphite, and sewn paper cutouts on paper; 47 x 30 in.; Collection of Audrey B. Heckler. © L’association Aloise. Photography © Visko Hatfield, courtesy of the Foundation to Promote Self Taught Art and Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.
Pigment image courtesy of Natalie Stopka.