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

Inks and Ochres: An introduction to foraged colour



SAOG Studios are delighted to present this three-day practical and participatory course for anyone wanting to develop a deeper relationship to ink and ochre. A practical and participatory three-day introductory course for anyone wanting to develop a deeper relationship to ink and ochre. We will walk in the beautiful surrounds of Emerson College and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; we will reverently forage minerals and materials which we will transform - through various alchemical processes - into pigments, paints, pastels, and inks. These endeavours will be accompanied by exercises in contemplative pattern making and nature inspired studies in various mediums including traditional watercolour and egg tempera. Feedback from past SAOG Studios Inks and Ochres courses: Just wonderful! Clarissa Grandi Thank you both for a weekend of gentle yet industrious interaction with many important soul-feeding forces, exploration and wonder, relationships and contribution, creation and contemplation ... Sarah Francis Connecting Mother Earth's gifts - to heavenly precision and motion ... The facilitators a constant source of support and inspiration. I can thoroughly recommend this course. Jo - Spring 2023 A sanctuary of inspiration ... it's been a revelation. Thank you so much for this rich, heartfelt and generous time. Such a meaningful three days. Ruby Taylor - Spring 2023 Thanks so much for these wonderful days. Another outstanding course with exceptional teachers! It was relaxing and full of precious information and doing at the same time. Monika - Spring 2023 The Inks and Ochres course has been a wonderfully nourishing, joyful and dynamic learning experience for me. I absolutely enjoyed the experiential interactive and nature-oriented elements of the course. Thank you so much. Niloufar - Autumn 2022 I LOVED everything about it! It felt a real privilege to have both Daniel and Vija teaching at the same time! ... The foraging walk was fab! Making the inks and Ochres brilliant, and my favourite bit ... playing with the paint and especially the egg as the medium was absolutely wonderful. Sara Hall - Autumn 2021

What's included in the price?

Tuition and materials. Bring a packed lunch or book a delicious locally sourced organic Emerson College lunch.


3 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
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
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SAOG Studios, Emerson College, Forest Row, (1 hour from London), East Sussex, RH18 5JX