Course 2: Lapis Lazuli and Malachite – how to prepare pigments from precious minerals.
The production of fine grade lapis lazuli pigment or ‘ultramarine’ is notoriously beset with complexity and mystique. It is nevertheless a demanding process, and in this workshop participants will learn how to select and grind the best grade of raw mineral and process it to produce genuine ultramarine with clarity of colour. Under the expert guidance of specialist David Margulies, participants will also learn about the geology, history and geopolitics of the mineral, and new insights from David’s current research.
By contrast, the processing of malachite pigment from the raw mineral is relatively straightforward, and offers a textbook approach to the handling of a wide variety of mineral based colours.
Both pigments offer technical challenges to the painter and the conservator, which will be addressed in experiments with water-based mediums and painting techniques.
Participants will come away with samples of ultramarine and malachite pigments that they have made, and a clear understanding of the production and use of pre-industrial mineral pigments including the special challenges related to lapis lazuli that have earned it it’s distinctive place in the history of art.
The course offers a valuable professional development opportunity for artists, craftspeople, academics, conservators and restorers, who will come away with lifetime skills and a solid body of practical research.
For some background information, please see these links:
Exploring Ultramarine (at Bodleian Libraries, Oxford)
17 – 18 June 2016, 10.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. with a one hour lunch break.
Tea and coffee will be provided as part of the course. For lunch there is a wide variety of tempting local eateries.
Cost: £300 for the two-day course
To register: Please go to Eventbrite to register and pay online.
Additional materials (Available at cost price at the course):
- Lapis lazuli rock @ £3.00 per gramme (two to eight grammes required to make a useful quantity of pigment)
- Malachite rock @ £2.50 per gramme (two to eight grammes required to make a useful quantity of pigment)
- Muji porcelain sauce bowls (for storing the pigment) @ £2.95
If you prefer, you can bring your own small ceramic or glass pot, or even a shell for your pigment.
All other materials will be provided as part of the course, but you might like to bring a notebook or sketchpad and a camera.
Tel: +44 (0)20 3556 7075