Monday, June 20, 2016
Bishop’s Stortford Museum is running the hands on one day course for adults with guest tutor Simon Barnes on Wednesday July 13th, 10am-4pm. Tea and coffee will be provided and you will get to learn about the basic techniques of painting in egg tempera-the primary painting medium of the classical and medieval periods. The course will cover the history of egg tempera painting, mixing your own pigments, surface preparation and basic painting techniques. As part of the day you will paint a small piece of your own to take away with you.
£35, limited numbers
Traditional and Contemporary Egg Tempera Painting
by Essex based artist Simon Barnes
The art of egg tempera painting has been in existence right back from the times of the ancient Egyptians, Greek and Romans.
In fact it was still widely used by artists until the middle of the ‘Renaissance’ period in 14th Century Italy. When medium of oil painting began to be more popular as styles changed and patrons wanted to see subjects in a more realistic style. So egg tempera fell out of favor.
Tempera means mixture in Latin. Short for tempera (painting in) distemper, derivative of ‘temperare’, Latin, to mingle.
Start with an egg yolk separated from the white. The yolk is more viscous and
makes a better binder for the pigments, which are plant matter, minerals and
ores, ground to a powder and when mixed with the egg yolk to create paint.
For more information about this medium
and painting technique and to view an
online gallery of my work, please visit: