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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: workshops@kremerpigments.com

How to find us

Make Your Own Oil Paint

2 - 6 pm $140

*New date is coming soon*

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"

12 - 4 pm $140

*New date is coming soon*

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.

Keep in mind that these paints will be liquid/fragile at the end of the class. It is possible to take them with you right after the class, but we do recommend allowing them to dry for a couple of days at the shop before coming back to take them home. You may also arrange to have us ship your set ($8) to you when it is completely dry.

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

12 - 4 pm $180

*New date is coming soon*

The “Rare Earths and Minerals” version of Make Your Own Watercolors, 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 Russian Green Earth. We'll have selection of about 30 pigments. Participants will choose their favorites and make a 14-color full pan set! Includes a metal palette that doubles as a carrying case.

Keep in mind that these paints will be liquid/fragile at the end of the class. It is possible to take them with you right after the class, but we do recommend allowing them to dry for a couple of days at the shop before coming back to take them home. You may also arrange to have us ship your set ($8) to you when it is completely dry.

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

11 am - 1 pm $15

*New date is coming soon*

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: Acrylics, Watercolor and more"

11 - 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 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.

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

11 - 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.

"Drawing with Silver and Gold"
Special Lecture, Demo, and Book Signing
with Susan Schwalb

12 - 2 pm $20

*New date is coming soon*

We're excited to present our first-ever metal point event! We first met Susan Schwalb as a customer when she was shopping for some unique metal brushes for her work. When we attended CAA this February, she introduced us her new book, which had just been published by Routledge. "Silverpoint and Metalpoint Drawing" (written with Tom Mazzullo) is the first complete manual of this technique, which is in the midst of revival. The book will be able to purchase at our shop starting in October, and of course on the day of this event.

Susan will give a presentation covering the history of metal point, types of grounds and tools available, and how to use them. She will also discuss and show slide images of many other artists working in metal-point. There will be ample time to ask detailed questions. Susan will also give short demos of the techniques she has been perfecting since 1974.

A short explanation of silverpoint technique from Susan Schwalb:

"Silverpoint is a method of drawing with a piece of silver on a prepared surface. As the silver passes across the paper it leaves a thin deposit in the material used for the ground. A very sure hand is required, because no erasure is possible."

 "Artists in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance generally coated their paper with calcined bone in a medium such as rabbit skin glue. Ground seashells and egg shells were also used. Today the possibilities are endless: Chinese white watercolor, casein, traditional gesso, acrylic gesso and paint, as well as ordinary house paint. Metals besides silver are also useable and all of them (except for gold and platinum) tarnish, resulting in a considerable variety of colors that emerges sometime after the drawing is completed."



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.