Introduction to egg tempera painting with Maz Jackson

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About this course

Enjoy learning the traditional techniques of egg tempera painting on hand-made gesso panels. Gain understanding of composition, under-drawing, glazing and optical mixes using mineral pigments, with your own or suggested subject matter.

Course Description

Gain confidence to enjoy painting with egg tempera, a medium that has endured from Pre-Renaissance to the present day.

Beginning with a short introductory talk, your course will proceed with step-by-step exercises to familiarise you with the medium. You will learn about composition, under-drawing, mixing correct proportions of pigments and egg, making form through glazing, optical mixes and layering brush strokes. A set of hand-ground pigments will be supplied for the course and a traditional gesso panel for exercises.

You will continue to use your set of mineral pigments to compose your own painting on a new gesso panel of your choice to suit your chosen image. Subject matter can be from a sketch or idea, abstract or figurative, or suggested by the tutor. You will be given group and individual tuition, with historic references throughout to enable you to produce a painting of richness and unique vibrancy.

By the end of the course, you will have knowledge of and gained familiarity with this beautiful medium. You will be given course notes and a list of suppliers, plus information on how to continue painting at home, as not too much equipment is required.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes a kit of an A5 handmade gesso panel and a set of 12 hand-ground mineral pigments per student. The course fee also covers the cost of providing materials shared amongst the group, including charcoal and distilled water.

What students need to bring

  • One dozen fresh free range farmhouse eggs (not supermarket)
  • Additional water jars
  • Rigger brushes
  • Sketching materials
  • Suitable clothing
  • If you wish, you can bring preparatory sketches, photographs or additional subject matter. Otherwise, you can decide during the course from a choice of still life objects to inspire you.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good selection of art materials, including rigger brushes and sketching materials are available.
  • Available from tutor:
  • On this course the tutor/College will supply most of the materials. There will be an additional charge for a gessoed panel on which you will paint your finished piece. This charge should be paid to the tutor before the end of the course, by cash or BACS. More panels will be available; prices vary depending on size from £10 to £40 per gessoed panel.

Additional information

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


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)

General Information


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

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