Egg Tempera Painting with Fred Wessel
Date: August 15-19, 2023
Skill level: all levels
Where: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio, 813 Edgecliff Drive, Langley, WA 98260
More information and registration: https://www.whidbeyislandfas.com/fred-wessel
This workshop will teach the technique of egg tempera painting as it was practiced in 14th and 15th Century Italy and was documented by Cennino Cennini in his book, Il Libro dell’Arte. Since we will have participants who have never painted a stroke in the tempera medium as well as some who are masters of this medium, Wessel will teach the course simultaneously at many different levels.
Tempera painting is a medium for those who love drawing. This painting technique is fussy and requires great discipline but pays great dividends to those who learn to master it. The paint is most often applied in cross-hatch strokes and is more like drawing than it is like painting. It combines the best of both watercolor (application of translucent layers of color) and gouache techniques (using semi opaques to re-establish the light areas). The brilliant and jewel-like surface is often described as luminescent.
The paints are made by mixing powdered pigments (ground to a paste with water or directly) with the yolk of an egg. Wessel will supply the pigments. This color mixture is applied over a detailed under-drawing or grisaille painting thus allowing the artist to separate the painting process into distinct tasks. The artist first composes, draws and establishes the values of the painting in black and white…. in a grisaille style image. The painter can now give his or her full attention to issues of color. Beginning tempera painters may wish to work from a detail of an Old Master painter’s work.
The course will cover the following:
Also, for those wishing to learn the Early Renaissance technique for painting flesh tones:
If you are one of our experienced tempera painters you can choose your own project and I will work independently with you on it. You can choose set up a small still life, do a portrait or select a project that you are passionate about.
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