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Materials Lab Workshop: Natural Color Materials from the Past to the Present [AT CAPACITY]

Metal paint box containing a colorful array of watercolor paints and handwritten labels on the inside of its folding palette flaps.
Photo: Julia Norton


Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event is at capacity.

This event requires registration; see further details below.

Join multidisciplinary artist and educator Julia Phillips Norton to learn about the sources and characteristics of natural pigments, dyes, and inks, and about their cultural implications and uses throughout history. We will first look at images that document the histories of these materials and works by contemporary artists who still use them. You will also make your own watercolor paints from scratch and have a chance to experiment with inks that Norton made from foraged plants, as well as paints she crafted from precious lapis lazuli, añil (indigo) from Oaxaca, Mexico, and a range of ochres sourced from around the world. You’ll create a work of your own and leave with samples of the watercolor paints you made to use at home!

This hands-on session will take place in the Materials Lab on the Lower Level.

$15 materials fee. Registration is required and space is limited. Registration will open on this form beginning on Wednesday, July 5, at 10am. Materials fee must be paid to confirm registration. Please email or call 617-495-1440 to join the waitlist. Minimum age of 14; no previous experience is required.

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