Special Workshops

Gathering & Making Paint with Earth Pigments

This workshop explores ancient ways of creating with mineral pigments. Working with local earth can foster within our creative practice a deeper narrative of place and relationship with the land. We will spend the morning outside collecting pigment-rich rocks and clays around Dalton. We will then process our gathered materials and prepare our own set of six watercolor paints. The day will end with a bit of time to paint with these beautiful colors.

About The Instructor:

Amanda Brazier is a painter living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She received her BA in Studio Art and Spanish from Freed-Hardeman University in 2007. For the last eight years she has been gathering and using local earth pigments in her paintings in order to connect more deeply with the history and material of painting and place. She is a facilitator for the public art organization Mark Making and is represented by River Gallery in Chattanooga.

Materials for Students to Bring:

  • bags or containers for gathering pigments
  • a small hand trowel
  • painting materials (watercolor paper, brushes, mixing trays, pencil, etc.)
  • your own gathered pigments

Materials Provided by the Instructor:

  • mortar and pestles
  • sieves
  • paint making tools and supplies

This 7-hour workshop is open to all skill levels and costs $175 (price will include lunch from Native Kitchen). Spaces are limited.

Please contact Creative Arts Guild gallery director, Savannah Thomas, at savannaht@creativeartsguild.org or 706-279-3129 with any questions.

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