Museum Saturday PIGMENTS with artist Klara-Marié den Heijer – Fully Booked

Come get your hands dirty. Join Klara-Marié den Heijer for a workshop on pigment making. Learn all about where colours come from. And try your hand at turning earth, clay, sand, or soil into paint. You will be guided through the process of making pigment, grinding it into paint, and then paint a colour swatch with your own handmade paint.

Please bring approximately 600g of of earth (mud / clay / sand) and older clothes preferred, aprons will be provided.

All materials provided, a booking fee of R100 secures your seat.


A 30min lunch break at 13h00. Food can be ordered from the Museum Café’s special menu of the day, only cash and Snapscan accepted. You are also welcome to bring your own lunchbox.


Klara-Marié den Heijer’s work ATLAS is currently included in the exhibition In Conversation with Colour Symphony at the Jan Rupert Art Centre, Graaff-Reinet.

‘In ATLAS I have sought a psycho-geological approach to navigate the world of colour.
This is an oil painter’s celebration of colour. The work includes 624 squares painted with handmade pigments ground into a linseed oil binder. The pigments were extracted from found substances such as clay, earth, ochre, sand, bricks, and ash.

They were gathered from the places I have travelled to, as indicated by their colour names they come from various sites: Coetzenberg, Jonkershoek, Sossyskloof, Rustenburg Farm (Idas Valley),
Helderberg, Theewaterskloof, Bergrivierdam, Bredasdorp, Nature’s Valley, Strandfontein (West Coast), Spektakelpas (Springbok), Hluhluwe, Kalahari, Moreletakloof (Pretoria), Jonkershoek, Namibia, Leuven (Belgium), Ganterschwil (Switzerland) and Pisa (Italy).’

If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please email

Please note: no cancellations will be given a refund. 

Workshop DETAILS

Aug 28 2021
10:30 am - 3:30 pm