Traditional egg tempera painting – introduction with Maz Jackson

Painting - Subject Led

Ref: S1D12224

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About this course

Enjoy learning traditional egg tempera techniques to produce an egg tempera painting on a gesso panel. Group exercises, followed by working on your own project will de-mystify this tried and tested historic medium.

Course Description

This course is aimed to excite and familiarise you with a painting technique that has had less restoration than any other in art. It will de-mystify some of the tried and tested methods of egg tempera painting. These have been used and adapted by artists, such as: Michaelangelo, Botticelli, those of the Nineteenth Century Revival, through to Andrew Wyeth, Leonora Carrington, Freda Khalo, Picasso and contemporary international artists.

The tutor will begin with a short introductory talk and then you will be given a group step-by-step exercise to familiarise yourself with traditional egg tempera methods by painting on a supplied practice panel. Correct proportions of pigment with egg and distilled water, creating form through glazing, optical mixes and layering brush strokes will all be taught. You are then free to paint either a still life, portrait, landscape, something imaginary or abstract from life, or from your own sketches and subject matter onto a gessoed panel of your choice.

The day will continue with both group and individual tuition to develop your painting skills and to enable you to produce a painting that suits your imagery to take home at the end of the day.

You will gain knowledge and familiarity to enjoy this beautiful medium, complimented by historic references and images.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The tutor will provide most of the materials. The course fee includes the cost of providing materials shared amongst the group, including: pigments, distilled water and a practice, gessoed panel for each student.
  • Additional Charges:
  • On this course, the tutor/College will suppy most of the materials and equipment. There will be an additional charge for a gessoed panel or panel of your choice on which you paint your finished piece. Prices vary depending on size from £10 – £35 per gessoed panel. This charge should be paid to the tutor by cash or cheque by the end of the course.

What students need to bring

  • Six FRESH free range farmhouse eggs (not supermarket)
  • Additional water jars and paint rag
  • Sketching materials – if possible, small rigger brushes or similar
  • Rubber gloves for washing palettes
  • Appropriate clothing

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sable and nylon rigger brushes, sizes: 0, 1, 2, 3 and 5; prices from £1.50
  • Sketching materials
  • Available from tutor:
  • Gessoed panels £10–£35 for your artwork
If you wish, you can bring preparatory sketches, photographs or additional subject matter. Otherwise, you can decide during the course as flowers, still life objects, views from the window or your imagination can be used for inspiration. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


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