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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
  • Location: National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

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 paintings and portraits are held in public and private collections. Represented by Annandale Galleries, Sydney, and Adele Boag Gallery, Adelaide, she was awarded the Onslow Storrier Studio Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris in 2008. Kim is a prolific exhibitor, and her practice involves constant dialogue with contemporary and historical masters. Her recent exhibitions explore narratives using metaphor and allegory, recalling personal history and creating visual stories that refer to the human condition. She is a figurative and still life painter and an expert in encaustic and egg tempera techniques. An excellent communicator, Kim has been a lecturer in both the drawing and painting departments at the National Art School for almost 20 years.

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