Inspired by the great beauty of color and curious to know more about the pigments in paint, I set out to study and experiment with egg tempera. The time it takes to grind the pigments and mix the paint helps me appreciate the origins of various colors. As I learn the history of color and the intricate methods of making pigments I am in awe of the “colormen” of the past.
I am in the process of making a new series of images using an innovative technique in which I paint several layers of color and scratch or draw my images into the surface, revealing whichever layer I choose.
Egg Tempera Class October 5, White Bear Center for the Arts (see events page)
Innovative Egg Tempera and A Short History of Color
Celebrate the beauty and joy of colors by learning their origin. Mix up your own paints and spread large washes of pure color in multiple layers to create an egg tempera scratchboard. Gain a greater appreciation of paint and a reverence for the act of painting by experiencing this rich and satisfying medium.
This class will introduce students to the process of making egg tempera paints and the application of the medium onto clayboards. Various pigments and cool sparkling powders that can be added to paints will be available for students. Innovative ways of using this ancient medium will be explored. Be ready to bust some eggs and fall in love with Fine Spanish Hematite and Phtalo blue.
Julie JAO is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.