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Kremer Pigments in New York

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

@ Kremer Pigments

247 West 29th Street New York, NY 10001 
between 7th and 8th Ave

Phone (212) 219-2394, Fax (212) 219-2395
Email: info@kremerpigments.com

Visit us at www.kremerpigments.com


2 hours, $10 ($10 off purchases on the day of the class)

We started the Crash Course Series as a way to introduce our diverse products to people that want to work with raw materials. Each Crash Course segment focuses on a particular type of paint and they can be taken in any order. We demonstrate basic methods step-by-step, discuss recipes and ratios, and empower paint-makers of all abilities. Not unlike cooking, making paint is a "simple" technique that gets refined with practice. Bring your notebook, camera, and all your technical questions!


4 hours, $100-180 (Descriptions and fees on reverse)

Make your own paint in a fun, supportive environment. Each class begins with a demo explaining the materials and process. Go home with ready-to-use paint handmade by YOU.
Small class size of 12 participants means you won't feel lost in the crowd. Make paint for yourself, or as a gift for someone else! It might evenen make you a better cook. All materials are provided though you may wish to bring an apron or dust mask. Wear "studio" clothes and shoes that can get dirty.

All classes and workshops take place at our store. Sign up in person or by phone/email.

We cannot reserve unpaid spaces in our classes. Paid classes are eligible for store credit if not attended.

Due to high demand, we do not offer refunds on paid classes.

Friday, May 12th, 5-9pm



Learn how to transform pure pigments and gum arabic into highly-saturated watercolor paints. The ratio of gum arabic to pigment will be emphasized. The “Classic” version offers a selection of 25-30 pigments that vary in characteristics- gritty, fine, opaque, transparent, earth, synthetic, pearlescent, etc. Participants make a 14-color full pan set! Includes a metal palette that doubles as a carrying case.

Saturday, May 20th, 10am-12pm

Crash Course Part 2:
Water-Based Paints


Open up a world of paint possibilities by learning how to make your own paint. We will cover acrylic paint, but there is much more than that; there are several other water-based binders including: gum arabic watercolor, DIY acrylic mediums, PVA, cellulose, egg tempera, and Aquazol water-soluble wax. Additives for water-based paints will also be introduced: ox gall, defoamer, thickeners, and retarders. Learn how to bend rules and push boundaries with your materials without sacrificing quality. Having trouble with a water-based paint? Bring on the technical questions.

Saturday, June 3rd, 12-3pm

Introduction to WATERCOLOR:
Hands-On Basics


This class is designed for those who want to know more about how watercolor works but want some guidance. We will give an overview of how pigments and gum arabic behave together, and get specific about the ideal proportion of pigment to binder. Learn the techniques of mixing and mulling watercolor paints from scratch, and make 5 full pans to take home. We’ll get into detail with various techniques for painting, brush selection, and personalized color charts. We will also leave some room for experimentation! All materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own brushes or your favorite paper.

Saturday, June 10th, 10am-12pm

Crash Course Part 1:
Grounds, Gesso, and Pigment Classification


Find out why the ground is just as important as the paint you put on top of it. There’s more than one kind of gesso, and we show you how to make it yourself. Topics include: how to properly dissolve rabbit skin glue, the function of chalk, tinted grounds, PVA sizing, and  customized absorbent grounds. We will also give an overview of pigment “families,’’ and their attributes in different paint binders. Find out where pigments come from and how they are processed. Learn proper storage, handling, and clean-up procedures for dry pigments.

Wednesday, June 14th, 2-6pm

Make Your Own GESSO!


You will make one liter each of 3 different gessos: rabbit skin glue gesso, acrylic gesso, and PVA-cellulose absorbent ground. Gesso recipes are all about manipulating the proportion of each ingredient. This exercise in control of viscosity, absorbency, texture, and brightness will help create the most appropriate ground for the future painting. Rabbit skin glue spoils quickly, so make sure you have some raw surfaces/canvases at the studio waiting for gesso!

Saturday, July 1st, 10-3pm

Acrylics, the most versatile plastic


Acrylic emulsions deconstructed: Examine various additives that can be used to alter acrylic binders to make acrylic paint behave like all other paint. The first part of the workshop is a detailed explanation of additives suitable in acrylic paint. The second part of the workshop you will make: 1) two different kinds of impasto gel mediums--one thick and creamy, the other puffy and light. 500ml each. 2) Eight, 100ml acrylic paint jars ready-to-use, with your desired drying time and sheen. Acrylic emulsions are used to make paint, but you can also manufacturer acrylic molds and objects, paint skins for collage, or ultra-light but dense-looking impasto. We will try our best to have you leave with a different appreciation for liquid plastic.

Wednesday, July 12th, 2-6pm

Make Your Own OIL PAINT!


You will make 8 x 8ml tubes of oil paint. To really understand how to make the best oil paint, you must first understand the characteristics of each ingredient that is used. Choose from a variety of pigments and oils with distinctive personalities. There will be options for additives that adjust the properties of your paint: calcium carbonate to add body, cold-wax paste to reduce stringiness, aluminum stearate and tixogel to make paint jelly-like, and sepiolite to prevent oil separation.

Wednesday, July 26th, 5-9pm

“Rare Earths, Minerals, and Historic Pigments”


The “Rare Earths and Minerals” version offers a selection of Historic and Kremer-Made pigments. This selection includes pigments like Lapis Lazuli, Cote D’Azur Violet, Peach Black, Pinkcolor, Gold Ochre from Saxony, and Red Ochre from Andalusia. Watercolor paint preserves the individual traits of these very special pigments. See and feel the difference between a delicate sparkling Malachite and a smooth and fine Green Earth. Participants will choose their favorites and make a 14-color full pan set! Includes a metal palette that doubles as a carrying case.

Saturday, August 12th, 10am-2pm

“Pearl Luster & Fluorescent Pigments”


We had so many people interested in these two pigment types, that we’re devoting a whole class to them. Everything bright and sparkly, all in one place! These unique pigments can be applied in either bold or subtle ways, whether they are used on their own or combined with other paints. You will choose your own combination of Pearl Luster and Fluorescent pigments to make a customized high-intensity palette. Each participant will make 14 full pans. Includes a metal palette that doubles as a carrying case.

Wednesday, August 16th, 4-8pm

“Watercolor in Tubes”


Learn how to transform pure pigments into highly-saturated tubed watercolor paints. This class offers a selection of 20-25 pigments that vary in characteristics- gritty, fine, opaque, transparent, earth, synthetic, pearlescent, etc. We will discuss additives and alternative ingredients that create the ideal consistency for tubed paints. Participants will make 12 x 8ml tubes!

Wednesday, August 30th, 5-9pm

“Pigments From Nature”


The “Pigments From Nature” version offers a selection of pigments that all come from diverse natural sources. This includes lake pigments pigments like Cochineal (Carmine), Sap Green, and Madder Lake. Other natural pigments offered will include Indigo, Lapis Lazuli, Bister, Mica, and some very special earthcolors.  Watercolor paint preserves the individual traits of these pigments. Participants will make a 14-color full pan set! Includes a metal palette that doubles as a carrying case.



Beer + Wood : A Demonstration in Finishing Techniques
with Roger Carmona

Wednesday, May 10th, 7-9pm


Grab a beer from the tap for this two hour overview of wood finishing techniques presented by Kremer Pigments.  For the last 40 years, Kremer has been a leader in producing the highest quality materials for artists and craftsmen, with a dedication to tradition and innovation.  This fast-paced demonstration will provide an expansive introduction to techniques and applications of dyes, pigments, and stains for use on wood.  The lecture will move from traditional finishing concepts through a wide range of modern techniques, materials and applications.  Admission includes a pint!

Make Your Own Watercolors

Sunday, May 21st, 12-3pm

Learn how to make your own personalized watercolors in this three-hour workshop. Students will take home a full, 14 color, watercolor set from this class. We will learn about a variety of watercolor pigment characteristics: from opaque to translucent, high-tinting to more shy pigments, and from coarse to extremely fine. Even fluorescent pigments will steal the spotlight! Find out tips and tricks to make any color, even if you don’t yet know their properties. This is a great class to learn how to make one of the most difficult, but beautiful paints.


Wood Amends : Crafting Stains and Dyes 

Sunday, May 14th, 12-4pm

This in-depth class examines techniques and applications of dyes, pigments, and stains specifically geared towards wood finishing and furniture-making. The workshop will provide recipes and techniques for staining wood with both natural and synthetic dyes, pigments, and unique binders such as milk proteins (casein), fish glue, or even algae glue. Both historical and modern methods will be investigated, and physical samples discussed. This course is great for both the beginner or expert woodworker. Students will leave with five containers of different stains for their own use.

125 Dikeman St, Red Hook, Brooklyn NY