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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


*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!

All classes and workshops take place at our store.
 Sign up in person or by phone / email

*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*

Saturday, March 3rd, 10am-1pm

Introduction to WATERCOLOR: Hands-On Basics


This class is designed for those who want to know more about how watercolor works but want some guidance. 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.

Saturday, March 10th, 10am-2pm

Make Your Own WATERCOLOR! “Classic”


Learn how to transform pure pigments and gum arabic into highly-saturated watercolor paints. The ratio of gum arabic to pigment will be emphasized. The “Classic” version offers a selection of 25-30 pigments that vary in characteristics- gritty, fine, opaque, transparent, earth, synthetic, pearlescent, etc. Participants make a 14-color full pan set! Includes a metal palette that doubles as a carrying case.

Wednesday, March 14th, 10am-12pm

Crash Course Part 2: Water-Based Paints


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.

Saturday, March 17th, 10am-12pm

Crash Course Part 3: “Oil-Based Paints/Mediums/Varnishes”


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.

Wednesday, March 28th, 10am-2pm

Make Your Own WATERCOLOR: “Pearl Luster & Fluorescent Pigments”


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.

Saturday, March 31st, 10-2pm

HANDS-ON: "Acrylics, the most versatile plastic"


Acrylic emulsions deconstructed: Examine various additives that can be used to alter acrylic binders to make acrylic paint behave like all other paint. The first part of the workshop is a detailed explanation of additives suitable in acrylic paint. The second part of the workshop you will make: 1) two different kinds of impasto gel mediums--one thick and creamy, the other puffy and light. 500ml each. 2)Eight, 100ml acrylic paint jars ready-to-use, with your desired drying time and sheen. Acrylic emulsions are used to make paint, but you can also manufacturer acrylic molds and objects, paint skins for collage, or ultra-light but dense-looking impasto. We will try our best to have you leave with a different appreciation for liquid plastic.



Lecture Series on YouTube 

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

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.