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The Dye Pot Studio offers a wide range of natural pigment workshops, from 3 hours to 2 days in length. Click on a link below to book a place in one of the upcoming events, or use the Contact Me page to discuss a personalised workshop for your group or organisation.

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Natural Pigments 2-Day Workshop 


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In this two day workshop, participants will explore a wide range of techniques to extract and use the colours in plants and earth samples from the Mandurah area as art materials.

Techniques will include water and alcohol extraction of plant pigments, botanical inkmaking, conversion of dyes to lake pigments and levigation of earth to create paint pigments.


We will play with a wide range of inks and paints made from simple materials and explore the chemistry of pigment colour through manipulation of pH and addition of mordant salts.

Most equipment is provided but students will be requested to bring a few basic supplies (icecream containers, jars etc) to take home their samples. This list will be emailed upon ticket purchase.

Location: Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah.

Sat 13 - Sun 14 Nov, 2021, 10am-4pm.

To book, click here   

Small Group Workshops

This series of 3-hour workshops in the Dye Pot Studio is perfect for small groups of 2-4 people and can be scheduled to suit your group. All materials and equipment are provided plus morning or afternoon tea.

Each workshop: $300 (for 1-4 students).

Grab your friends and explore natural pigments together in one or all of these hands-on sessions:


Workshop 1 - Natural Inks:

Students will learn how to extract colour from a range of local plant materials using water and alcohol, then explore their potential as natural inks using mordants and modifiers.


Workshop 2 - Earth and Lake Pigments:

Learn how to make your own earth and lake pigments from local inorganic and organic materials, ready to mix into your favourite art mediums at home. 

Workshop 3 - Natural Paints:

Explore natural mediums and mulling techniques to turn earth and lake pigments into a range of paints, including tempera, glair and watercolours. 

To book a workshop, just contact Helen.


The Art of Science and Science of Art

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Science and art are blended perfectly in this exciting new workshop with artist Helen Coleman and ecologist Katie White.


Over two days, participants will explore the beauty and ecology of the stunning Esperance sandplains and discover how to create art, from earth and plant materials hand gathered, transformed into forms used to draw and paint.

For more information, click on the link below.

Location: Cannery Arts Centre, Esperance.

Sat 12 - Sun 13 Feb, 2022, 10am-5pm.

To book, click here 

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