Traditional Egg Tempera and Gilding

The Tower Room

Five Day Art Workshop: Traditional Egg Tempera and Gilding

Discover how master Renaissance artists prepared their pigments from the earth and plants. These pigments when mixed with the yolk of egg have resulted in some of the most beautiful and enduring paintings in the history of western art.

Students will be taught the traditional technique of egg tempera painting and gilding techniques. Students will be carefully guided through the different stages of the work. An outline drawing is first prepared and transferred onto a white gesso panel. Red bole is then applied onto the panel, upon which the gold leaf is laid. After gilding is completed students begin to develop the painting in egg tempera, beginning with under painting (verdaccio) and then developing the colours in many layers of pure colour . When the painting is complete, students will the decorate ares of the painting with fine patterns of gold using a different technique known as mordant gilding; by this method intricate areas of detail can be illuminated with gold.

Previous experience in egg tempera or gilding is not necessary. Beginners are very welcome.

David Cranswick is an M.A. and PhD tutor at the Princes School of Traditional Arts, as well as on their public programme. He lectures internationally on traditional painting methods and has been giving workshops in traditional painting materials and techniques for twenty five years. David is currently writing a book on traditional painting materials and techniques.

The cost for the 5 day workshop is £430 and includes materials. (Gold Leaf and gilding material are provided). Places are limited to 10 students. (Please note that courses will be confirmed three weeks ahead of the start date).  Please contact David directly to book your place on this five day workshop.

This workshop is taking place at the Tower Room – Download map here.

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