Ancient Paint Palette Day Course

“…..family outfit Real Staithes …… turn beach-combing into an art form…..”   The Telegraph

spend a day with us on the foreshore learning how to create your own paint palette… from ochredriftwood
from collecting the raw ochre pigments thought to creating your own prehistoric paint…
collect drift wood to make into charcoal

the earth’s pigments were one of the first ‘paints’ used by man…
iron oxides produce colourful deposits…
some wonderful ochre yellows – reds – browns can be found…
these ochre colours together with carbon black were used in prehistoric cave paints…

the raw ochre is collected from the cliff between Staithes & Port Mulgrave
once at Port Mulgrave the raw ochre is ground  to make a fine powder…
this powder is then used to make ochre paint…
a binder is  used together with the ochre powder to make a paste…
this paste can then be used to create ‘art’…

tyrian purple.. can sometimes be found on the foreshore but only at certain times of the year…
sea slugs (Aplysia punctata) produce this costly dye –  while we won’t be using the dye in the same way as the ancient civilizations did…
we will be producing a ‘paint’ from the  sea slugs before returning them to there natural habitat unharmed…

while walking along the foreshore or across the beach keep your eye out for a few dry sticks or twigs…
once at Port Mulgrave we will be using them to make charcoal
a great ‘mark making’ tool – carbon black

Our Ancient Paint Palette course dates:-

Monday 23rd May 2016  –  8 places available

Saturday 23rd July 2016   –  8 places available

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or arranged to suit you…  please contact us… 

phone 01947 840278

email sean@realstaithes.com

Cost £75.00 per person inclusive of all materials…
and a ‘lobster’ lunch

read what Countryfile Magazine had to say about our Ancient Paint Palette Course…    click here