Painting miniatures in gum tempera with Maz Jackson

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About this course

Enjoy creating a jewel-like miniature painting with mineral pigments and gum tempera from your own imagery.

Course Description

Miniature painting has been practised in India, Persia, across Europe and the UK from ancient times to today.

During this course, your tutor will introduce you to traditional methods and experimentation enabling you to compose, draw and paint your imagery in miniature. Drawing and composition are vital to give strength and meaning to your image before painting with fine mineral pigments, mixed with a variety of proportions of gum Arabic, various oils, damar varnish and honey.

On the first evening, your tutor will give a short introductory talk before discussing subject matter, preparation of materials and the importance of drawing. The following days will be devoted to exercises on paper to explore brush marks, glazes and optical mixes before progressing to paint on a gessoed panel of your choice.

Preparatory notes, a list of suppliers and a reading list will be supplied by your tutor to help you follow this delightful painting process on your return home.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course, the tutor will supply most of the materials, including: 1 x piece of practice paper, pigments, gum Arabic, various oils, damar varnish, honey and distilled water for each student.
  • Additional charge:
  • There will be an additional charge for a gessoed panel of your choice on which you will paint your finished piece. These are available from your tutor and priced £5 to £15 depending on size. This charge should be paid to your tutor before the end of the course, by cash or cheque.

What students need to bring

  • Sketching materials
  • Small sable or nylon brushes preferably liner or rigger sizes 0 and 00
  • Rubber gloves for washing palettes
  • Please bring preparatory sketches, photos and/or objects if you wish. You can also refer to plants, still life objects and West Dean house and gardens to enhance your imagery and imagination.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art and craft materials including: sketching materials and synthetic rigger brushes size 0 and 00.
  • Available from tutor:
  • Gessoed panel, a variety of sizes £5 – £15

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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