Painting from the collection: Tantalising tempera CANCELLED

    • 	Image: Sano di Pietro Madonna and Child with Saints Jerome, John the Baptist, Bernardino and Bartholomew
    • Cancelled

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Egg tempera was the most important painting technique before the invention of oils. It was revived by William Blake and the Pre-Raphaelites in the 19th century, who were attracted by the matte-like finish and the medium’s ability to create precise contours and clarity of detail. Tempera’s unique qualities have attracted numerous modernist painters throughout the 20th century, figurative and abstract alike.

Join respected Sydney artist Celia Gullett for this intensive specialist workshop where the age-old mysteries behind the tempera technique will be unravelled step by step.

The workshop takes as its springboard an investigation of the Gallery’s exquisite and otherworldly 15th-century Sienese panel painting by Sano di Pietro of the Madonna and Child with saints. Reference will also be made to Frank Hinder’s magnificent tempera painting Tram kaleidoscope (1948), recently purchased for the collection by the Art Gallery Society.

Working from a still-life arrangement, students will learn how to prepare small wooden panels with gesso and how to apply prepared tempera paint with fine brushes.

By the end of this three-day workshop, you will understand traditional techniques which can be applied to your own practice in the studio.

It is essential for students to have reasonable drafting and painting skills. Not for beginners.

Materials list

  • 1 x Neef synthetic mongoose round size 10 $9.20
  • 1 x Neef synthetic mongoose filbert size 10 $17.90
  • 1 x Cassani panel 25 × 30 cm $26.65
  • 1 x Omega series 51 one-and-a-half-inch flat brush $9.00
  • 1 x Sennelier zinc white tempera $22.45

Prices are for Parkers Art Supplies, corner Argyle and Cambridge Streets, The Rocks, tel 9247 0748, where all these materials can be purchased. Students of this workshop will receive a 10% discount.

Alternatively, for this workshop only, you can order and pay for a complete kit at a special discounted price of $76 at the time of booking. Kits can be picked up from the members lounge on the day.

What to bring

  • Materials from the list
  • Disposable palettes
  • General brushes of varying sizes
  • Apron or old t-shirt
  • Lunch (or buy it at the Gallery)

Sunday 29 September, Sunday 6 & Monday 7th October 2013

$390 member
$450 non-member

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

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Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With subscription tickets there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled. Not negotiable.

Duration 6 hours
Location: Art Gallery Society (members lounge)

Image: Sano di Pietro Madonna and Child with Saints Jerome, John the Baptist, Bernardino and Bartholomew