The Beauty of Egg Tempera – D0713-19

Date: Jul 15 - 19, 2019

Skill Level(s): II i

Instructor(s): Christopher Ulivo

Tuition: $1,090
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Embark on an in-depth exploration of egg tempera painting; a beautiful, traditional, water-based medium. Tempera painting caters to dense layers and ultra-fine description as seen in Indian miniature paintings, illuminated manuscripts and in contemporary narrative paintings. Make vivid colors from raw pigment and traditional chalk gesso painting surfaces. This workshop offers something for novices and experts alike. Students are encouraged to make many paintings with all content welcome. Gouache, casein and watercolor paint making are explored as time allows.

Media & Techniques:

Students work with egg tempera and traditional gesso grounds and learn how to make paints. Other water-based painting is introduced as time allows. *Pigments provided.


Students switch between quick and longer-term projects throughout the day. There are varying media: gesso grounds require intermittent attention all day, while tempera paintings can be made on-site in an hour or worked on for hundreds of hours. Participants work on multiple paintings concurrently.


Christopher Ulivo is the founder of Tiger Strikes Asteroid LA, an artist-run gallery. Working as an artist, curator and writer, he shows extensively in the United States and in Europe. The spirit in Christopher’s painting is tempered by sentimentality, ignorance and humor that acknowledge the gulf between history, imagination and reality.


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