Make natural pigments, paints, charcoal, pens, and inks from materials in the Maine landscape.
Instructor: Nick Neddo
The natural world is not just a source of artistic inspiration; it’s a source of art supplies, too. Making your own pigments, paints, charcoals, pens, and inks is unbelievably satisfying. It transforms the marks you make and the way you think about your surroundings; your work will shift in a profound way. This class is about having 'a sense of place as much as wildcrafting art materials.'
We will start by foraging for drawing and painting materials in the landscape immediately around us. We’ll collect stones and learn how to process them into fine pigments, and make several varieties of paint. This gives us a rich earth palette. The forest and beaches will provide us with the raw materials to make paintbrushes, artist charcoal, charcoal holders, inks, and fine dip pens.
Once we have crafted our materials, we will explore their creative possibilities through direct, hands-on practice. That means we will explore various forms of mark-making with a focus on painting (watercolor, egg tempera, ink wash, etc), drawing (artist charcoal, pen, and ink). This is a course that any artist, maker, naturalist, or creative thrill-seeker will enjoy.
Nick Neddo is a sixth-generation Vermonter who has been making art forever, and teaching wilderness survival and living skills, tracking, drawing, and nature awareness professionally since 2000. He is the author of The Organic Artist: Make your own Paint, Paper, Pigments, Prints and More from Nature (Quarto).