Practical workshops for artists: gesso panels and egg tempera

Course Dates: 06/04/19 - 13/04/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Benjamin Senior

For clarity and brightness of colour, egg tempera is the perfect medium. Learn the recipe and technique of this ancient painting medium and learn to make your own traditional gesso panels.


What is the course about?

Egg tempera is an ancient painting technique requiring the artist to make the paint from scratch by mixing egg yolk
with pigment before each painting session. The paint is built up in thin layers and linear marks to create distinctive
effects. Traditionally tempera paint is applied to a panel coated in gesso – a mixture of chalk and rabbit skin glue.
This course will offer an introduction to these techniques and processes.

What will we cover?

Paint making, painting technique, preparation of a gesso panel, properties of individual pigments, using pigments
safely, properties of binding mediums.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Prepare a traditional gesso panel
- Make egg tempera paint
- Develop a painting in layers of egg tempera.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Perfect for students with any level of experience who are simply curious, and particularly useful for those who like
drawing and would like make a transition to painting.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Teaching methods will include visual presentations, demonstrations, group discussion and individual tuition.
Emphasis will be placed on students practical activity and material experimentation.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Students are encouraged to personalise work by bringing their own pieces of board to gesso. Some precut boards
will be available.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: VM872

Sat, day, 06 Apr - 13 Apr '19

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £129.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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