Talk or Event

Van Gogh's Colours: Pigment workshop with Jo Volley and Ruth Siddall

23 Oct 2021 10am-1pm


Join Jo Volley and Ruth Siddal in a practical demonstration and workshop learning about Van Gogh’s pigments and the materials available to him. During the workshop we will learn about Jo Volley's pigment timeline and her research in making the piece, as well as how Van Gogh would have transformed raw materials into pigments, and these pigments into paints. Participants will have to opportunity to make watercolour paints from Yellow Ochre to French ultramarine and will leave with a pan of paint to take home.There will also be a demonstration of how to make a lake pigment.

We will supply:

Pre-prepared yellow ochre and ultramarine raw pigment
Gum Arabic
Honey (if necessary)
Empty watercolour pans

Participants should bring an apron or wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty and wear masks when handling raw pigments.


Access requirements
We will be asking visitors to wear a mask or visor while in the house and to observe safe distancing in line with government guidance
We also ask visitors to take a rapid flow test before visiting and not to come if the test is positive or if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive recently. Please contact us to rearrange your visit if this happens.
Many of the floors are made of original timbers so we do not permit high heels in the house.
Parking around Van Gogh House is limited, so please keep this in mind if arriving by car.
The space is small, so we ask that visitors do not come with large bags or are prepared to leave bags in a safe space on the ground floor of the house.
The house is a Grade II private residence with numerous stairs and narrow passageways, and we regret that wheelchair or step free access is not possible.
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