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Red, yellow and blue: A colour palette: Tuesday 17 October 2023

Red, yellow and blue: A colour palette



Tutor: Nabil Ali
Date: Tuesday 17th October 2023
Time: 10:00-16:00
Cost: £70
Location: Classroom

A colour workshop to create a plant-based watercolour–gouache paint using three historical dye plants: Madder (Rubia tinctoria) – red, Weld (Reseda luteola) – yellow and Woad / Indigo (Isatis tinctoria / Indigofera tinctoria) – blue. Participants will understand the basic theory of the making processes and knowledge of growing the plants to store for paint production. The course will also explore examples of art and textiles that have utilised these three colourants over the centuries in different cultures and how organic colourings became less important in favour of William Henry Perkin's discoveries of synthetic purple dye which changed the world.

The course is for all levels of ability.


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