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Painting with egg tempera

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

  • 15 February 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 16 February 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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Helen Clapcott, Life School at the Royal Academy of Arts (detail), ca. 1979.

202 mm x 296 mm x 5 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts.

Artist and former President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Robin-Lee Hall, leads an exciting course examining how to both make and paint with egg tempera.

Egg tempera is an ancient medium dating back to the first centuries AD. Popular during the Renaissance period with artists like Botticelli, Raphael and Verrocchio, it was the primary method of painting until around 1500 when it was superseded by the invention of oil paint.

Pure pigment and egg yolk are combined and built up over many layers to create a luminous, saturated finish. Patience is required, but the results are rewarding – the versatility of egg tempera means that it can be used in many different ways.

Over the weekend, Robin-Lee Hall will show participants how to make this unique type of paint and explore different painting techniques, looking at both traditional and contemporary approaches to the medium. Then from either direct observation or source material, participants will create a piece of work using these new techniques.

Participants are advised to bring something to carry their work home in, as there are no storage facilities available.

Minimum age 18. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact academicprogrammes@royalacademy.org.uk.

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  • 15 February 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 16 February 2020, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Clore Learning Centre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£480. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of day one.