Aug 20, 2022, 1:50 PM – 4:00 PM
Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
How did ancient artisans and craftsmen colour their world before the invention of modern paints? Join a Hellenic Museum Curator and Materials Conservation practitioner in this hands-on discovery of pigments throughout the past.
Workshop participants will receive a primer on the theory and history of pigment with an emphasis on ancient Greece; touch and mix common pigment ingredients; experiment with the traditional recipe for egg tempera; examine painting motifs on real and replica artefacts, and practice painting these using acrylic on individual ceramic pots which can be taken home after the workshop.
Workshop Schedule & Inclusions
- 1.50PM Arrive and gather in Museum foyer
- 2PM Masterclass begins with a Curator's tour of painted artefacts on display at the Museum
- 2.15PM Move to the workshop space for a presentation on colour theory and pigments in ancient Greece. Touch and mix assorted pigment ingredients, and try your hand at mixing egg tempera.
- 2.45PM An opportunity to handle real and replica artefacts for a close up look at decorative styles. Practice motifs by painting in acrylic on your own ceramic pot with guidance from staff.
- 3.30PM Explore the Museum while your pot is given time to dry.
- 4PM Masterclass concludes. Your touch-dry pot will be packaged to take home.
- All materials included. Water and herbal tea station provided in the workshop space.
- Recommended for ages 16+ due to advanced subject matter. Younger visitors may prefer our National Science Week pigments activity in collaboration with the Islamic Museum of Australia.
- Aprons provided, but please consider wearing clothes you may get paint on.
- Traditional pigment mixing can use common allergens such as eggs and plant materials. If you have allergen concerns, please contact the Hellenic Museum.
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