In-person course
in Forest Row, (1 hour from London) Maker & location details

Alchemy of Pigment and Pattern at SAOG Studios



Learn the alchemy and processes involved in making your own set of watercolour and gouache paints. The roots, berries and minerals that we will be precipitating, grinding and binding, all have layered correspondences that link to the planetary archetypes. Using compasses and straight-edge we will create mandalas that also resonate with the planetary patterns. The symbolism and character of colour in different traditions will be explored as we apply our paints to patterns to reveal works of dazzling beauty to adorn the home and nourish the soul.

What's included in the price?

All materials included. {At the end of the course you'll be taking home your own set of handmade mineral and plant paints and inks + a stunning portfolio of patterns/mandalas.} Local organic cooked lunches and accommodation can be booked directly with Emerson College - please get in touch for more details.


5 days

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts




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SAOG Studios is an independent arts studio based at the idyllic Emerson College campus, Forest Row, East Sussex (1 hour south of London/20 mins Gatwick Airport). We run regular practise-based short courses in the sacred and traditional arts of the world led by expert tutors. Courses include: Rose window geometry, Alchemy of pigment and pattern, Sacred geometry and mandalas, Stained glass, Islamic pattern, Ceramic tiles, Basketry, Celtic pattern and much more. Visit website for details/bookings.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Residential
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Accommodation offered
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Public transport
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SAOG Studios, Emerson College, Forest Row, (1 hour from London), East Sussex, RH18 5JX