Art and Alchemy in The Italian Renaissance - The Traditional technique of Egg Tempera Painting
The earth is the natural apothecary of the arts; hidden within its depths are all the variety of pigments as seen in great works of art throughout the world. During this workshop students will explore the traditional processes by which renaissance artists obtained their colours from the local environment. Working with local earth colours in the surrounding tuscan hills as well as semi precious rocks and plants, students will discover first hand the miraculous processes by which these raw materials can be transformed and fashioned into pure pigments and made into paint, mixed with eggs obtained from local chickens.
Over the seven days students will be taught the traditional technique of painting in egg tempera as practised within the Florentine and Sienese schools between the13th and15th century.
Students will be carefully guided through the different stages of this classical technique. Beginning with an outline drawing on paper, students will then be shown how to transfer the drawing onto a gesso panel. Over this the colours is then developed in layers of earth colour, working from darkness towards light. From out of this tonal composition the subject of the painting is gradually modelled and brought to life.
Today the qualities of egg tempera painting are being rediscovered. Increasingly this ancient medium is becoming appreciated for its remarkable qualities of luminosity and durability. Egg temper is unique in its ability to transmit light, giving to colours a radiance and depth of tone unattainable in other mediums.
The workshop is designed to accommodate students of all levels of experience, previous painting experience is not necessary.
David Cranswick trained at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. He has PhD in traditional painting materials and techniques. David lectures worldwide and is a PhD supervisor at The Princes School of Traditional Arts, London.
Fees include: - All Meals and your room for 8 nights at Castello di Potentino
- All teaching by David Cranswick
- All the pigments and semi-precious rocks, plant materials, mortar and pestles and palettes.
- A wine tasting of wines made at Castello di Potentino
- A day trip to see the gardens at La Foce and to have lunch with Olive oil producer Donata Origo of Chiarentana
- Transfers to an from Pisa airport
Fees do not include:
- Students should provide their own brushes. These should be pointed sable brushes (normal length, not miniature), numbers 1 - 6.
- Table easels (please send us an email if you would like us to order one on your behalf).
- Also each student will need to provide a gesso panel of approximately 12 X 16 inches. Again they can be given the option of bringing their own panels or buying them off myself at a cost of £25 each panel. Gesso is chalk and animal glue, built up in 10 or 12 layers and then sanded down to create an ivory like surface. This was the traditional surface for egg tempera paintings during the 13th - 17th centuries.
Ensuite Double Room Single occupancy €3,600
Double Room with private external bathroom (Single Occupancy) €3,425
Ensuite Double (based on 2 people sharing) €3,425 per person
Double Room with private external bathroom (Sharing) €3,375
Twin Room with private external bathroom (Based on 2 people sharing) €3,375
Triple Ensuite (Based on 3 people Sharing) £3,375
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