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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

Brushes As Tools: with Andres Latorre

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 12 - 5 pm (30 minute intermission) $40

What is the painter's best friend? The paintbrush! This is third year we've hosted Andres Latorre for his lecture Brushes As Tools. We've made it into a longer 5-hour class this year. We feel very lucky to have Andres who has been doing research on the production, history, and uses of the brush. Andres is visiting us from Argentina, where he is a working artist who teaches 4-5 workshops a week in his own atelier. He has taught this class with a passion we don't often experience, explaining the inner workings of brushes with a great sense of detail, even utilizing high-res microscopic images to explain the physics of how brushes work. This will be a 5 hour condensed version of a 15-hour course.

Bring all the questions you've always had about brushes: Where do you get the hair to make your own brush? How do you clean brushes? What is the best way to maintain a brush? What is this brush used for?!

This class sells out quickly. Sign up fast! Space is limited to 25. First come basis.

Email info@kremerpigments.com or call to sign up. 

All participants receive 20% off their BRUSH purchases only on the day of the lecture.

From the artist:

This year, Brushes as Tools will focus on the different kinds of hairs and filaments that are used to make brushes and their specific characteristics, the different brush shapes, how to take the best advantage of each type of brush and how to choose the correct paintbrushes set for your painting intentions.

Each kind of hair has specific characteristics, virtues and weak points. Each paintbrush shape gives us a number of brushstrokes possibilities. If we are not aware about these facts, we will be trying to make our brushes do what they cannot do in a natural way. A good brush is the one that naturally behaves the way we need it to, the one that disappears in our hand while we are painting.

To understand my proposal, there will be an explanation on the basic physical principles that are involved in the act of painting with brushes. This will help to develop an understanding of these main tools of a painter. Special attention is going to be given on how to take good care of our brushes before, meanwhile, and after painting.

No paintbrush is expensive if it lasts for long time.

- Andres Latorre

Make Your Own WATERCOLOR Set: "Rare Earths, Minerals & Historic Pigments"

Saturday, June 22, 2019, 12 - 4 pm $180

The “Rare Earths and Minerals” version offers a selection of Historic and Kremer-Made pigments. This selection includes pigments like Lapis Lazuli, Cote D’Azur Violet, Peach Black, Bister, Gold Ochre from Saxony, and Red Ochre from Andalusia. Watercolor paint preserves the individual traits of these very special pigments. See and feel the difference between a delicate sparkling Malachite and a smooth and fine Green Earth. Participants will choose their favorites and make a 14-color full pan set! Includes a metal palette that doubles as a carrying case.


Make Your Own Oil Paint

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 2 - 6 pm $140

Make five, 8ml tubes & also two, 30ml tubes of oil paint from a choice of over 30 pigments.

To truly understand how to make the best oil paint, you must first understand the characteristics of each ingredient that is used. Choose from a variety of pigments and oils each with distinctive personalities. There will be options for 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 sepiolite to prevent oil separation.

This is a great class for anyone wanting to learn how to mix colors. As you'll have a large selection of both opaque and translucent options, this makes it easier to understand how to get vast degrees of mixed tones without first purchasing lots of pigments to get started.


Make Your Own WATERCOLOR Set: "Classic"

Saturday, July 27, 12 - 4 pm $140

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. Experiment with custom color-mixing.

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


Crash Course Part 1: "Grounds, Gesso, and Pigment Classification"

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11 am - 1 pm $15

Find out why the ground is just as important as the paint you put on top of it. There are many kinds of gesso for all particular applications. We want to show you how to make it yourself! 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 discussed. Find out where pigments come from and how they are processed. Learn proper storage, handling, and clean-up procedures for dry pigments. This workshop is intended for both the beginner and advanced painter looking to get a firmer grasp on the inate qualities of pigments and the ground it stacks on top of. 


Crash Course Part 2: "Water-Based Paints"

Saturday, 11am-1 pm $15

*New date is coming soon*

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, PVA, cellulose, and Aquazol.  Learn how to bend the rules, hack a recipe, and push the limits of your materials withour sacrificing quality.
Having trouble with your water-based paint? Bring on the technical questions.


Crash Course Part 3: "Oil-Based Paints, Mediums & Varnishes"

Saturday, 11am-1 pm $15

*New date is coming soon*

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.


Special Crash Course: Introduction to Marbling Techniques
with guest teacher Sheryl Oppenheim

Saturday, 12-2 pm $30

*New date is coming soon*

This Crash Course gives a short history of paper marbling from various traditons including Turkish, European, and Japanese suminagashi techniques. Sheryl Oppenheim will discuss materials, tools, and recipes for marbling, and give demonstrations in both western and suminagashi techniques. In addition, this class will include a discussion about selecting appropriate papers for marbling.
(This class is not hands-on)
Sheryl Oppenheim is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work integrates the fine craft of paper marbling. Sheryl has been teaching marbling, as well as collage and mixed-media to teens and adults at the 92Y, The Jewish Museum, and MoMa. To view some of Sheryl's marbling work, please visit: https://includingbutnotlimitedto.tv/marbling
(Photo Credit: Sheryl Oppenheim)



Classes are 2 hours long with a standard fee of $15.
Class participants get 10% OFF 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. If you have only ever painted with pre-made gesso and paint, come to a "Crash Course" to see what hand-made paint is all about. It's as different as a home-cooked meal compared to fast-food. However, there is nothing wrong with not making ALL of your own paint!
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!

  • Sign up in person or by phone or email: workshop@kremerpigments.com

  • We cannot reserve unpaid spaces in our classes.

  • All classes and workshops take place at our store.

    The workshop space is in the basement level and is not wheelchair accessible.

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

  • Cancellations within 2 days of the class date are for store credit only.

  • If you are scheduled to attend a class and do not show up, your payment cannot be transferred to store credit.


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.