Courses at the weald & downland living museum

Limewash, Distemper & Linseed-Based Paints

The Course

During this day school participants will:

  • Find out how limewash is used
  • Look at the colouring of limewash, and see examples of its application on the historic exhibit buildings at the Museum
  • Mix distemper and consider its context in historical and contemporary buildings
  • Look at current linseed oil paint ranges which are available, and produce their own linseed paint
  • Use pigments for colouring and discover the principles of colour matching
  • Look at colour theory
  • Gain hands-on experience applying distemper or limewash to one of the Museum’s exhibit buildings.

The Tutor

Sibylle Heil studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and graduated in 1998. Her main subject is painting and the use of colour. She has worked as a specialist decorator for nearly 20 years and runs her own business (general and specialist decorating and paperhanging, and aspects of building restoration).

Participant Information

Please wear warm clothing (some of the day will be out of doors), and clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on, or bring overalls. You should also bring a couple of hogs hair brushes (small and medium size), if you have them.

Fee & Refreshments

£115 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees and a light lunch. Please let the Museum know any special dietary requirements.


Thu 17 September 2020






Brick, Flint & Lime