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Foraging for Color

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August 23, 2022
August 25, 2022
10:00 - 4:00

Workshop Overview

Color is all around us! This workshop will offer simple and transformative methods for making your own pigments, which can be used to make paints, inks, pastels and other materials. By learning how to source, process and use the pigments of your home, you will also learn how to better understand where you are and the social and ecological history of your home. You’ll be introduced to the inspiring creative practices of pigment hunters around the world and be led through exercises to help you understand what natural pigments might offer your art and life. You can expect to have a small collection of finished pigments for use at the end of the workshop and the skills to find and make more. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

About the Instructor(s)

Daniela Naomi Molnar is an artist, poet and writer working with the mediums of language, image, paint, pigment and place. She is also a wilderness guide, educator and eternal student. Her work was the subject of a recent “Oregon Art Beat” profile by Oregon Public Broadcasting and a front-page feature in the Los Angeles Times. Her book chorus won Omnidawn’s 1st/2nd book award, chosen by Kazim Ali. It will be published in 2022. Her work has been shown nationally, is in private collections internationally, and has been recognized by numerous grants, fellowships and residencies. She founded the Art + Ecology program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is a guide and founding Board member of Signal Fire. She can be found in Portland, Oregon, exploring public wildlands, or at / Instagram: @daniela_naomi_molnar

Materials List: Students Bring

• Any brushes, palette knives, and palette you already own.

• A few sheets of watercolor paper

• Sketchbook

• Notebook

• Small glass jars

• Dust mask


• A mortar and pestle.

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Mortar and pestle

• Muller

• Glass jars

• Various specialized materials

• Extensive bibliography and handouts for future reference

• Books for inspiration and reference

• Pigments for inspiration and reference

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