Discover the History of Artists' Pigments
Make and Use Your Own Homemade Paints
Artists’ Pigments Painting Course
Have you ever wondered where artists first discovered the yellows, reds, and blues that are in our paint palettes now? Through the centuries our ancient ancestors looked to animal, mineral, and vegetable sources to create the pigments used in their cave paintings, frescos, textiles, illuminated manuscripts, and paintings.
In this course, you’ll learn about the origins of many of the important colors in your palette such as burnt sienna, rose madder, gamboge, and ultramarine. Then you'll learn how to make your own homemade egg tempera paint and then practice using it as we paint realistic silhouettes of trees.
"Fantastic presentation, really enjoy Christine’s teaching style"
- Joji Finney, student
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS COURSE
- You’ll learn about the earliest origins of artists’ pigments beginning with our ancient Paleolithic ancestors through to the Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks, Romans, Pre-Colombian civilizations, then all the way to the golden age of painting in Renaissance Europe.
- You’ll see examples of where various cultures mined and wild-crafted various colors from natural chalk white to carbon black.
- You’ll learn about the development of one of the oldest forms of paint; egg tempera and see examples of its use through the centuries.
- You’ll learn how to make your own egg tempera paint with a step-by-step video demonstration.
- Lastly, you’ll practice using your egg tempera by painting realistic tree silhouettes.
"Thanks for another excellent class, Christine!"
- Barbara Chan, student
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Greetings, I'm Christine Elder, your instructor!
I've been an artist all my life, exploring many mediums including pencil, pen, watercolor, acrylics, oil, and even digital art. I specialize in drawing flora and fauna informed by my master's degree in biology and a graduate certificate in biological illustration.
As an artist, I've always been fascinated by the history of artists' pigments and paints. Below you'll see a picture of me in my happy place, purchasing authentic pigments in Rome, Italy.
"Soooo fun! Thank you! My favorite class yet"
- Starleen Rogers, student
PreviewWelcome and Orientation Video (3:36)
PreviewAbout Your Instructor
StartVideo Workshop #1: Intro and History of Pigments Presentation
StartVideo Workshop #2: Egg Tempera Paint-making Demonstration
StartVideo Workshop #3: Painting Trees Demonstration
StartResources to Learn More About Pigments and Paints
StartStudent Art Gallery
StartBONUS WORKSHOP: Gold-gilded Bookmarks