Events in 2022

Workshop for Petersfield Arts and Craft Society

9th July 2022

Learn The Ancient Art Of Traditional Egg Tempera Painting

Explore the ancient technique of egg tempera painting. Participants will learn how to make paints from pigment and egg yolk to use in the session. They will create their own egg tempera paintings on gesso board, using the traditional painting techniques of cross hatching and glazing that were applied by the old masters.

Egg tempera dates back to the 1st century AD, it was used in early Christian and Byzantine icon painting and was popular during the early Renaissance period. Used by artists such as Duccio, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Raphael and Verrocchio, it was the primary method of painting until around 1500. 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.