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Kremer Pigments in New York

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

@ Kremer Pigments

247 West 29th Street New York, NY 10001
between 7th and 8th Ave

Phone (212) 219-2394, Fax (212) 219-2395
Emailinfo@kremerpigments.com / Sign up: workshop@kremerpigments.com

How to find us

Kremer's Summer Workshops

Crash Course, Part I: Grounds & Pigment Classification

Saturday, July 28, 11-1pm


Find out why the ground is just as important as the paint you put on top. We are ecstatic about perfecting grounds and gesso! Let us show you how to make various types of gesso, pinpointing the benefits of using a particular gesso for a specific type of paint or application.

Topics include: How to properly dissolve rabbit skin glue, the function of chalk, tinted grounds, PVA sizing, and customized absorbent grounds. An overview of pigment “families,’’ and their attributes in different paint binders will be explained.

Find out where pigments come from and how they are processed. Learn proper storage, handling, and clean-up procedures for dry pigments. This is a very useful workshop for both the beginner and expert--anyone curious to know how pigments work and how paint stacks and settles on a surface. Learn to troubleshoot your control of absorbency!​​


Make Your Own WATERCOLOR: Rare Earths & Minerals

Saturday, August 4, 11-3pm


Rare Earths & Minerals focuses on historical Kremer-made pigments. The pigments available will include Lapis Lazuli, Celadonite, Cote D'Azur Violet, Moroccan Yellow Ochre, and Spanish Red Ochre. You will learn how to transform these pigments and gum arabic into highly-saturated watercolor paints. The ratio of gum arabic to pigment will be emphasized.

Participants make a 14-color full pan set. Includes a metal palette that doubles as a carrying case!


Make Your Own Watercolor: Basics

Wednesday, August 8, 5-8pm


This class is designed for those who want to know more about how watercolor works and want some guidance on how to perfect their home-made watercolors. We will give an overview of how pigments and gum arabic behave together, and get specific about the ideal proportion of pigment to binder. Learn the techniques of mixing and mulling watercolor paints from scratch, and make 6 full pans to take home (palette not included). We’ll get into detail with various techniques for painting and brush selection.

All materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own brushes or your favorite paper.


Make Your Own Oil Paint: Eight 30ml Tubes

Saturday, August 18, 11-3pm


To truly understand how to make the best oil paint, you must first understand the characteristics of each ingredient that is used. You will get to choose from a variety of pigments and oils with distinctive personalities. You will have options of additives that adjust the properties of your paint: calcium carbonate to add body, cold-wax paste to reduce stringiness, aluminum stearate and Tixogel® to make paint jelly-like, and alum. stearate to prevent oil separation.

You will leave knowing how to make the richest and purest paint, or the most cost-effective, highest yielding hand-made paint. 


Crash Course, Part II: Water-based Paints

Saturday, September 1, 11-1pm


Open up a world of paint possibilities by learning how to make your own paint. We will cover acrylic paint, but there is much more than that; there are several other water-based binders including: gum arabic watercolor, DIY acrylic mediums, PVA, cellulose, egg tempera, and Aquazol water-soluble wax. Additives for water-based paints will also be introduced: ox gall, defoamer, thickeners, and retarders. Learn how to bend rules and push boundaries with your materials without sacrificing quality. Having trouble with a water-based paint? Bring on the technical questions.


Make Your Own WATERCOLOR: Classic

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 5-9 pm


Learn how to transform pure pigments and gum arabic into highly-saturated watercolor paints. Emphasis will be on formulating the ideal ratio of gum arabic to pigment particular to the given pigment. The “Classic” version offers a selection of 25-30 pigments that vary in characteristics--gritty, fine, opaque, transparent, earth, synthetic, pearlescent, etc.

Participants make and take home a 14-color full pan set. Includes a metal palette that doubles as a carrying case!


Make Your Own WATERCOLOR: Pearl Luster & Fluorescent Pigments

Saturday, September 8, 11-3pm


We had so many people interested in these two pigment types, that we’re devoting a whole class to them. Everything bright and sparkly, all in one place! These unique pigments can be applied in either bold or subtle ways, whether they are used on their own or combined with other paints. You will choose your own combination of Pearl Luster and Fluorescent pigments to make a customized high-intensity palette.

Each participant will make 14 full pans. Includes a metal palette that doubles as a carrying case!


Crash Course Part III: Oil-Based Paints / Mediums / Varnishes

Saturday, September 22, 11-1pm


This class aims to demystify hand-made oil paint and related recipes. We will troubleshoot common mistakes for beginners. This class is for anyone who has ever asked: Can I make oil paint out of ANY kind of oil? What’s the point of making my own painting mediums if I can just buy one? How do I make oil paint dry as fast as acrylic? Why is Ultramarine blue stringy? What are water-soluble oil paints? Why are some of my paints drying matt and some glossy? Come with easy or complex questions.





*Classes are 2 hours long with a standard fee of $10.
Those enrolled will also receive a $10 credit toward any purchases made on the day of the Crash Course.

We started the Crash Course Series as a way to introduce our diverse products to people that want to work with raw materials. Each Crash Course segment focuses on a particular type of paint and they can be taken in any order. We demonstrate basic methods step-by-step,  discuss recipes and ratios, and empower paint-makers of all abilities. Not unlike cooking, making paint is a “simple” technique that gets refined with practice. Bring your notebook, camera, and all your technical questions!



Make your own paint in a fun, supportive environment. Each class begins with a demo explaining the materials and process. Go home with ready-to-use paint handmade by YOU.
Small class size of 12 participants means you won’t feel lost in the crowd. Make paint for yourself, or as a gift for someone else! It might even make you a better cook. All materials are provided though you may wish to bring an apron or dust mask. Wear “studio” clothes and shoes that can get dirty.

Beginners welcome for all classes!

  • We cannot reserve unpaid spaces in our classes.
    Paid classes are only eligible for store credit if canceled by customer.

  • Due to high demand, we can only offer refunds on class cancellations made 3 days prior to the class date.

  • If you are scheduled to attend a class and do not show up or offer notice, your deposit cannot be refunded.



Lecture Series on YouTube

How to Make Oil Paint (basics)

with Roger Carmona

Start with 30% oil to pigment by volume. Eyeball it. Slowly add as little oil as possible, enough to coat the pigment particles.

More in-depth videos on making oil paint and demonstrations on other possible additives for your paint, will soon follow.


KP Lecture Series:

YouTube Video: Michael Price discussing his newly released two-volume book: "Renaissance Mysteries".

Lecture took place on 6.10.17

at Kremer Pigments, New York City.


Michael Price: "Renaissance Mysteries Volume I: Natural Colour"

240 pages, 22 x 28 cm

Volume I presents the artist as a painter-craftsman with the preparation of natural colour from rocks and crystals and their application in appropriate binding mediums. The difference in colour quality between natural mineral pigments and modern synthetic paint is examined. Chapters include comprehensive step-by-step instruction for the contemporary artist and conservation scientist on how to prepare and paint with the incomparably luminous colours of the Renaissance palette, as well as the preparation of historical painting supports and grounds.

Michael Price: "Renaissance Mysteries Volume II: Proportion and Composition"

260 pages, 22 x 28 cm

Volume II, the artist as a creative intellectual, links the painter’s craft with the creative process and elucidates the degree of compositional planning starting with the painting’s rectangular format. The demonstrated evidence for the application of Euclidean geometry is based upon exact measurements of painted surfaces on panels, X-radiographs, and infrared images from paintings. The final chapter concludes with the reasons for the demise of this painting tradition and how industrialization and the standardization of art materials led to a new painting tradition from the nineteenth century.


Crash Course - Oils (Part 3)

YouTube Video: Making your own paint can be fun and addictive. It is much easier than it seems. I want to show you how! Instructors like to talk about historical facts about processes and provide recipes with precise ratios to achieve an ideal medium or paint. Similar to cookbooks you read today, one should not take these steps so literally - you can come up with new "flavors" if you experiment a little. I believe this is the same with paint. I will provide historical processes and some modern ones as well. The following courses though, are meant to provide you with a firm grasp on the materials, so you can then manipulate paint the way you want -- for your own personal aesthetic.

I invite you to follow me on the investigation of raw materials and learn how to control them for your purpose.

Colorful regards,

Roger Danilo Carmona
General Manager Kremer Pigments NYC,
MFA, Bard College - Milton Avery School of Art, artist, teacher of raw materials and techniques.


XSL-Pigments, watersoluble

YouTube Video: Demonstration of our line of water-soluble pigments.


A group of pigments which are easily soluble in water.

Thanks to a special treatment with dispersing agents. The pigments can easily be stirred into water, and the particles will be perfectly dispersed, similar to color concentrates. The color intensity is reached easily and quickly.

Aqueous wood stains can be prepared because of its good solubility in water. XSL Pigments are very lightfast, unlike normal stains.