tilke elkins offers private and group classes, workshops, private creative coaching and consulting for $45/hour, add $15/hour per additional person for group classes — in person or remote. contact email@example.com for more details. see class offerings below.
how to make paint: intro class
this class is an exciting introduction to the world of paint-making with natural materials, covering the historical use of natural color and showing tangible examples of a wide array of mineral and plant colors. tilke demonstrates the basics of paint-making, using a mortar and pestle to crush the pigments, and prepares a basic water-based medium. participants explore the sensory qualities of a broad palette of mineral pigments and create their own paintings using the colors. if remote, participants will receive a materials list to order pigments online before the class. 2 hours.
how to make paint: advanced class
in this hands-on class, travel though the process of making paint from start to finish. learn to identify rocks, earths and clays in the landscape for use as pigments, and then use a mortar and pestle to grind the pigments, and a water process to separate the pigment particles. prepare a watercolor medium with honey and gum arabic and use a glass muller to blend the pigments with the medium. finally, paint with the colors you have made, with instruction about techniques for getting the widest color range possible from your mineral palette. if remote, the class will include a consultation about locating mineral pigments in your area, and guidelines for the sensitive gathering of color. 4 hours.
before paint: ink and gesso
the plant community contains some rich, saturated inks that function beautifully on paper, and can be used in combination with mineral paints. learn to gather and transform black walnuts, irises, black berries, and other plants into ink you can use for preliminary sketches. in the second part of the class, prepare a wood panel for painting by learning an antique recipe for a clay and flour gesso, the white reflective layer than goes under a painting. you'll leave the class with at least two kinds of ink and a ready-to-paint gessoed panel. 3.5 hours.
the secret language of color: introduction
color is first and foremost about relationships. this class will unmask a list of surprising effects that colors have on each other, and teach you how to see and use color anew. this is far beyond (and far more useful than) the color theory you find on color wheels. if you have ever wished you could understand color and better apply it to your life, this is the class for you. 2 hours.