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Egg Tempera I with Koo Schadler

June 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - June 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm EDT

Old as the Egyptians and most famous during the Renaissance, egg tempera painting is becoming increasingly popular with artists today. Tempera has unsurpassed luminosity. Dozens of glazes and scumbles can be applied in a day, and yet the medium also allows for meticulous linear detailing.

In this comprehensive five day workshop students will learn all aspects of the medium: egg tempera’s rich history, how to make genuine gesso panels starting from scratch, the characteristics of powdered pigments, how to mix fresh paint, dozens of ways to apply the paint, how to finish an egg tempera painting (including oil glazing over tempera), as well as some of the design principles that underlie old master painting. Each student will receive a copy of Koo’s book on Egg Tempera Painting.




Among the topics and demonstrations students may select from are:

  • Brushes
  • Changes & corrections
  • Cloth
  • Decorative patterns
  • Finishing a tempera (including with oil)
  • Glazing & scumbling
  • Glass & metal
  • Lettering
  • Pearls
  • Portraiture & Flesh
  • Recommended reading
  • Society of Tempera Painters
  • Sponging
  • Stone & other faux surfaces
  • Suppliers
  • Tile floors (& perspective)
  • Transferring a drawing (& underpaintings)
  • True gesso & panels
  • And whatever other topics students request, as time permits.

Note: This is the only workshop in which students make true gesso panels from scratch. In all other egg tempera workshops there is no gesso demonstration; instead students are provided with pre-made panels.


June 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am
June 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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Koo Schadler’s New Hampshire Studio
562 Alstead Center Road
Alstead, NH 03602 United States
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