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Teacher Masterclass: Egg Tempera Painting

Kim Spooner
  • Term: Term One 2018
  • Start Date: 10 Mar 2018
  • End Date: 10 Mar 2018
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Number of Classes: 1
  • Teacher: Kim Spooner
  • Level: Teachers Only
  • Age: Teachers Only
  • Full Fee: $120.00
  • Location: National Art School
  • Availability: Available

Egg Tempera is an amazing paint made from the basic materials of egg and pigment but it is not as simple as that! This time honoured, beautiful, delicate and transparent paint can be temperamental. It needs care and knowledge to gain the most from its application.

Not only is the mark of a tempera painter that of a draughtsman, the art of mastering the technique will improve draughtsmanship. Tempera is a “painter’s paint”. No other paint medium holds the mark as egg tempera does, nor has any other paint the clarity of chroma. Tempera is very adaptable and can be used with small and grand scale paintings. It can also be used in conjunction with other paint mediums as it is an excellent under-paint for oil.

Kim Spooner is Australia’s most eminent artist of traditional egg-tempera technique. She was awarded a Residency at the Cite International des Arts, Paris in 2008-9 during which time she researched egg-tempera paint and completed a series of tempera paintings. Her paintings of monumental as well as intimate scale have benefited from using this ancient, archivally sound technique; they have been exhibited widely throughout Australia as well as in the Archibald and Sulman Prize.

A clear communicator and experienced educator, Kim will teach how adaptable this paint is to diverse types of application. Master artists as wide of field as Giotto to Mark Rothko have painted with egg tempera to gain the effects of light only this gorgeous paint can provide.

This NAS teacher Professional Development session will contribute to 6 hours QTC registered professional development towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Kim Spooner

Kim Spooner’s incisive and expressive portrait and figure paintings are held in public and private collections. She is an award-winning portraitist with portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, and is an inspirational teacher who is skilled at communicating ideas and responding to the individual needs of students and artists. She completed a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2009. Winner of the 2006 Portia Geach Memorial Award, Kim is represented by Annandale Galleries, Sydney, and Adele Boag Gallery, Adelaide

All materials will be provided by the National Art School. Please bring along an apron, gloves and sketchbook to take notes.