Understanding the Magic of Artist Pigments with Anna Altwein

September 04, 2021


When: Sept 4th, 2021 @ 11am (1.5hr demo)


Are you curious about the colourful powders which give your favourite artist materials their vibrant hues? Join multidisciplinary artist, and Opus Alumni, Anna Altwein for a highly requested and information packed demonstration on the history and working properties of artist pigments. Anna will briefly chronicle the history of pigments through the ages, share the origin stories of a selection of art’s most popular pigments and discuss the factors which give these pigments their unique properties. Through a live demonstration of 10+ pigments commonly found on artist palettes, Anna will share exercises attendees can try at home to strengthen their own knowledge of pigment. These examples will be shown in watercolour paint, but the information is directly transferable to acrylic paint, oil paints, and more! Discussion topics will include, but are not limited to, understanding transparency, lightfastness, tinting strength, granulation, pigment colour index, and more. Perfect for creative individuals at all stages of their artistic journey. Questions are encouraged and notetaking supplies are suggested!





Anna’s Materials List

Professional quality watercolours in the following colours/pigments. Brands will vary depending on what Anna has within her personal collection. 

Titanium White 

Zinc White

Carbon Black 

Cadmium Red 

Phthalo Blue 

Ultramarine Blue

Cadmium Yellow Medium

Hansa Yellow Light

Quinacridone Violet

Raw Umber 

Burnt Sienna

*Extra colours/pigments may be demonstrated! If you have specific pigment requests, please contact Anna through her instagram. (@kigyokid_) 

Hahnemuhle The Collection Cold-press 140lbs Watercolour Paper (100% cotton paper)

Winsor & Newton Professional Synthetic Brush; size 1 Stroke 3/4”

Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush Artist Pen in Black

A nice stack of absorbent paper towels

2 containers of clean water for rinsing brushes





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Artist Bio

Anna Altwein is a Vancouver based multi-disciplinary artist, pigment enthusiast, lifelong student of the visual arts, and former painting instructor. This Opus Staff alumni specializes in colour theory, pigment knowledge, and sharing her vast knowledge of art materials with anyone who will listen. Originally becoming known as the “Colour Queen” among Opus Granville Island staff and customers, Anna now works from her studio and favourite cafes.

You can find her on instagram at @KigyoKid_



September 04, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm