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A Palette of Foraged Colours

Saturday 10th August at 10:00am Sunday 11th August at 4:00pm

We welcome Edward and Lucy Campbell, both practising artists and workshop facilitators based in The Old Mill, in Palnackie on the Solway coast which they established ten years ago. It includes an exhibition space, bookshop and dye garden and they run the majority of their workshops there. Their own creative work involves a variety of media, all of which is either found, foraged or made from natural materials and the aim is to create a space for enquiry into the connection between creative practice and our natural environment. The Old Mill regularly hosts creative workshops with the emphasis on making art supplies such as paints and inks, alongside the historical and cultural context of creative materials. Off the Rails Arthouse is delighted to host one of Edward and Lucy’s workshops, a two-day exploration into how the local environment can provide materials, inspiration and deeper knowledge of nature.

No previous artistic experience is necessary for this workshop, just an interest in the subject!  Everything will be provided for both days with participants asked to bring only a sketchpad/notebook and some brushes of personal preference. 

During the morning of the first day you will first look at how to make some writing and drawing pens from reeds and bamboo. These will then be able to be used for experimenting with what you will be making over the rest of the workshop. Following on from this will give an overview of some of the colour sources from plants and trees as well as what can be grown in the garden such as madder and weld. Depending on the weather the day might include a short walk to see what we can find nearby. There will then be a demonstration of how to create inks from a selection of botanical and organic materials. Participants will be able to see and experience the whole process including how to change the colours of the ink with modifiers.

On day two you will be delving into the world of wild foraged pigments found in the landscape. Throughout the day we will describe and explore what kind of stones, clay and other sources found in Fife, can be potentially converted into paint and other creative supplies with a mix of demonstration of practical learning. Participants will be able to take home a selection of paints and pastels made from locally derived colours by the end of the day completing a foraged art material collection.

To book a place on the workshop and for more information about the mill please visit, www.theoldmillpalnackie.com

£120 Includes all materials, plus tea and coffee
Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom
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