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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

 

Crash Course: Water-Based Paints

Saturday, May 19th, 10-12pm  $10

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 Oil Paint: Mull Eight 30 ml Tubes

Saturday, May 26th, 10-2pm  $120

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 sepiolite to prevent oil separation. You will leave knowing how to make the richest and purest paint, or the cheapest, highest yielding hand-made paint.

 

CRASH COURSE SERIES

*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!
 

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP

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.

 

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Lecture Series: Brushes As Tools

with Andres Latorre

Saturday, May 26th, 4-8pm

$20

Your relationship to materials changes when you make your own paint. The same goes for your tools. Cultivate a deeper understanding of brushes as instruments that enable painters to create their work. Reconnect with the most ubiquitous and sometimes underappreciated painter’s tool, the paintbrush.

Andres Latorre has dedicated his personal research endeavors to brushes and the raw materials from which brushes are made. The impetus of his research was an investigation into the techniques of historical painters, which frequently included making their own brushes.

This lecture will detail the production of brushes, classify the kinds of brushes available today, and will survey both historical and modern uses of the brush. You will learn how all of the major and minute difference among bristle types affects the quality, handling, and uses of brushes. Whether you want to follow tradition, or break the rules, knowing your tools and materials will help you do it.

 

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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.

XSL-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.