TRADITIONAL EGG TEMPERA

Egg tempera has been practiced by artists for over two thousand years. It is one of the most durable and beautiful paints in the history of art. This workshop will be focussing on the traditional technique of egg tempera painting as practised in the Florentine and Sienese schools of the 14th and 15th century. Students will discover how these masters prepared their pigments from the earth, rocks and plants and mixed with egg yolk to make their tempera paint.

Today egg tempera is becoming increasingly appreciated for its remarkable qualities of luminosity and durability. Egg has a unique quality of transmitting light, giving to colours a luminosity and depth of tone unattainable in other mediums.

During the workshop students will be carefully guided through the different stages of the technique. Commencing with an outline drawing (cartoon), this is then transferred to gesso panel. Over this the painting is then developed in layers of earth colour, from darkness to light. From out of this tonal composition the subject of the painting is gradually modelled and brought to life. Through the interplay of tone and colour, lighter tones are refracted from beneath, through the
transparent layers, to the colours above, giving luminosity and depth to the subject. The unique quality of this classical technique resides in this profound interplay of tone and colour, structured in multiple layers of transparent paint.

Traditional Egg Tempera Painting

Underlying these classical painting techniques and craft practises is a traditional philosophy which has its roots in Plato and the Hermetic tradition of Alchemy. Traditionally the craft practices are an embodiment of traditional knowledge and wisdom. It is through the discipline and training in traditional craft practices and technical disciplines that wisdom of this craft is gradually revealed.

The cost for the 5 day workshop is £400.

Most materials are provided though students will need to supply their own brushes and gesso panel. Gesso panels can be purchased through myself or at Cornelissens in London. Please let me know if you would like to order a gesso panel.