Introduction to Egg-Tempera

Dominique Medici is a NYC-based artist specializing in both Egg tempera and Oil painting. Primarily a portrait and figure painter, she studied in London and has exhibited internationally, including Art in Action, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Christie’s Young Artist Exhibition. She was a semi-finalist in the 2016 BP Portrait Prize, 2006 Outwin Boochevor Portrait Completion and recently received an honorable mention in the 2014 Portrait Society of America members show and honorable mention for portraiture during Oil Painters of America’s 24th Annual National Juried Show and the Margaret Dole Award at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 118th Annual Exhibition. Dominique has undertaken numerous international portrait commissions and her work in displayed in many private collections throughout Europe and the US. Dominique has a passion for teaching and has taught extensively both privately and publicly.
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
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Egg Tempera painting is an exceptionally beautiful and subtle painting medium that is said to date back to ancient Egypt. It was commonly practiced in the 14th and 15th century Italy during the Italian Renaissance, notably, by virtuoso painters like Giotto, Fra Angelico, Botticelli. In recent times American painter Andrew Wyeth most notably gave new life to the medium. What is Egg Tempera? Egg Tempera is made by taking an egg yolk and mixing it with pigment. This emulsion is then painted on an absorbent ground of Gesso. Traditional Gesso was made by heating a solution of glue and water and mixing it with chalk/ gypsum. This solution was then applied to a wooden support in successive layers. After a day or so the panel is sanded and ready to be used for painting.
This week-long workshop is a hands on introduction to the methods and materials of the Italian Egg Tempera painter. We will walk in the shoes of the studio apprentice and learn how to: make “genuine traditional gesso panels” from scratch using glue and chalk; prepare handmade toned drawing paper for silverpoint drawing; grind and emulsify your own egg tempera paint; practice egg tempera painting techniques; make handmade transfer paper; and paint your first egg tempera painting.
Egg Tempera painting is a patient and meditative process. One achieves a result by carefully building up a form with successive layers of very thin paint. It is a natural medium for those that love drawing and the technical process of painting. A finished Tempera painting has a delicate translucency and radiance that is unparalleled by other painting mediums.