Antony Williams and Egg Tempera

29th February – 1st March, 2020, 10.00am – 5.00pm,

£370/course, a light lunch

Bed and breakfast is available. see places to stay

We are delighted to have a master class course in egg tempera taught by Antony Williams. You will paint a still life, over two days, following his careful instruction.

Antony Williams

Antony Williams, who mostly paints using egg tempera, is well known and sought after as a portrait artist. Much has been written about him, and rightly so. His portraits are observant, quirky and  private.  When he transfers his intimate observation to a still life you appreciate the beauty of the ordinary, and the overlooked.

Antony Williams 2019(1)

What happens on this course?

On this course  you will be shown how to use pigments and mix with egg.

You are not expected to have previous experience with egg tempera but some painting experience is essential. It is an exciting process, and in many ways different to other media. Some difficult to get hold of materials will available to purchase at the studio: gesso boards and the pigments. A short list of other materials will be sent to you once you have a place on the course.

Over the two days of the course Antony will demonstrate, step by step, how he works through a painting. 

By the end of day one you will have learnt how to mix and use the paints, how to build up an under-painting and transfer your drawings to a gesso panel. On day two you will build up your painting using a full palette and an interplay of warm and cool tones.

There will be a constant flow of tea, coffee and biscuits. There will be a light lunch each day. If you have any dietary requirements please tell us when you book.

What is Egg Tempera?

Tempera is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of coloured pigments mixed with a water-soluble binder medium, usually glutinous material such as egg yolk. Tempera paintings are very long lasting, and examples from the first century CE still exist. Egg tempera was a primary method of painting until after 1500 when it was superseded by the invention of oil painting. Antony, as a master of this medium, is something of a rarity.

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