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Natural Black Ink Workshop - Sunday 05.07.23, 1PM - 2:30PM


Natural Black Ink Workshop; An Exploration in Pigment-Making

Sunday 05.07.23, 1PM - 2:30PM 

Be Just Classroom, Charlottesville VA

Join us for a Natural Black Ink Workshop at the Be Just Classroom. Globally-recognized artist Michelle Gagliano will lead participants through the practice of creating black ink from natural materials; harkening to the techniques of the Masters like DaVinci who came before. Watch and learn as black walnut and fine charcoal are manipulated to become a striking artistic medium right before your eyes! After a hands-on practice in creating natural ink, participants will use their newly-crafted art medium to make their own unique ink drawings. All necessary materials will be provided, and participants will take home their drawings. 

About the Instructor:

Michelle Gagliano has permeated the American art scene with extensive solo exhibitions and curated group shows throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Gagliano’s accolades are extensive, including the coveted Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and innovative, collaborative projects with symphonic musicians and published authors. Her works continue to be curated into major private and corporate collections, both within the United States and abroad. In the summer of 2018, Gagliano eliminated all toxic materials from her practice, introducing instead ground pigments, oils and solvents based in nuts and lavender, and handmade gessoes. It is not lost on her that this replicates what Leonardo DaVinci, Raphael, and other Masters used in their time. 

You can learn more about Gagliano and her works by visiting her website,

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