Hand to earth: painting with locally sourced pigments


Venue Chicken Shed (Craft Studio)

Length of course Two days


£140 per person

Next date 3rd August 9:30 am

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Pigments. Pete Ward Craft Course

About this course

3 & 4 August

Where does paint come from and how is it made? We ask the question: how do we ask permission to take things from the earth?

Explore the history, geology, ecological implications, applications and processes of making paint from earth pigments with internationally acclaimed earth artist Peter Ward. Workshops include pigment gathering, processing and paint making with a range of pigments and mediums, painting individually and as a group, and plenty of time for reflection on the processes involved.

This intensive weekend course includes field trips to Dartmoor and a local clay pit. Participants will gather and process their own pigments in a supportive group environment while exploring the potential of the pigments as paint for a variety of applications.

The weekend will culminate in a communal painting activity and discussion about the process experienced and related ethics behind art making.

pete ward paintings

About Pete Ward

Peter is an environmental artist presently based in Cornwall whose work explores and celebrates our relationship in nature. Since 2008 he has been researching the geology, history and creative applications of earth pigments in the south west, sharing his findings through workshops, presentations and paintings.

Peter’s research has been included in international interdisciplinary publications and projects raising awareness about soil and been the basis for the HLF project The Story of Bideford Black with the Burton Art Gallery in North Devon. In 2012 he was awarded an MA Art & Environment at Falmouth University and received the Sandra Blow Award for outstanding achievement. He is presently based in west Cornwall exploring the geology, history and ecological implications of colour from mining waste and natural landforms.


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Booking T&Cs

For more information, please contact: crafted@dartington.org
Advance booking only
Course details subject to change
Please note: 25% of your course fee is non-refundable should you need to cancel your place

About the Craft Revolution

The Craft Revolution runs a vibrant programme of courses, projects, events and talks. It is a movement about making; a learning space, an ideas lounge, an action station. A story of ‘doing’ over ‘not doing’.

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Saturday 3rd August

Visiting Dartington Hall

At our 1,200 acre estate, based in South Devon, there’s plenty to explore – from the natural beauty of the grounds, to our visitor attractions and year-round events programme. You can also make a stay of it with our historic hotel or campsite, and enjoy award-winning food and drink in our cafes and restaurants.

About us

Dartington is an old place with a new story.

The Dartington Experiment began in 1925 and was based on the idea that humans are many-sided – and how we need environments that encourage our whole being to flourish, in connection with nature and each other.

This idea is as true today is it ever was.