The art of egg tempera

Two-day practical workshop

Courses and Classes

● Fully booked

  • 25 March 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 26 March 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm

Robin-Lee Hall

Painter and President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Robin-Lee Hall, leads an exclusive workshop exploring and explaining the traditional medium of egg tempera and its application in painting.

Egg tempera is an ancient medium dating back to the 1st century 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artists like Botticelli, Raphael and Verrocchio, it was the primary method of painting until around 1500 when it was superseded by the invention of oil paint. The introduction of oil-based pigments and varnishes, coupled later with canvas surfaces, resulted in a great deal of innovation. However in other ways it fundamentally transformed not only artistic practice and process, but ultimately the type of work which could be produced – some would argue with a loss of the subtleties and nuances of tempera-based techniques.

The process of creating an egg tempera painting is unlike any other painting medium and produces unique results. Pure pigment and egg yolk are built up over many layers to create a luminous colour and a saturated finish, yet a matte and stable surface. It is both a painstaking and rewarding medium.

Contemporary painter Robin-Lee Hall, one of the few remaining artists who specialises in this medium today, will lead this exclusive weekend-long specialist course. Under Robin’s expert guidance, participants will learn how to make their own paint and handle this remarkable medium. Working from either still-life objects or personal source material, participants will explore different approaches to develop innovative and unusual paintings.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 25 March 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 26 March 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, RA Schools, Piccadilly

£420. Includes all materials, lunch and wine reception at the end of the second day.