NESBA members attend an egg tempera workshop with Koo Schadler in Alstead, NH.

Kelly, Jeanne, Esther, Stephanie, and Cathy observing Koo demonstrating technique.
Egg tempera is a very old technique, predating the invention of oil paints. Paints are prepared using raw egg yolk, water and pure mineral pigments. After creating an under-painting of blocks of color, using a dry brush technique, layers of egg tempera are applied. These layers acted like translucent glazes, combining to form particular colors. They also provided a depth of color that is almost impossible to achieve with other mediums.

To the few who have heard of egg tempera it is most commonly associated with iconography or Andrew Wyeth (tempera's most renown, contemporary practitioner). Consequently, the medium is sometimes perceived as incapable of anything beyond the lovely, stylized look of an icon or the beautiful weave of earth tones in a Wyeth. In fact, tempera paint offers a broad range of artistic possibilities.

Koo is a Master painter of The Copley Society of Boston. She is a contributing editor at The Artist’s Magazine and a board member of the Society of Tempera Painters. Koo teaches painting and design workshops around the US and abroad. Her work is represented by the Arden Gallery in Boston, MA. Her paintings and drawings are in more than 400 private and corporate collections, and many museums nationwide.

Koo's enthusiasm for the media, her knowledge of history, conservation, and technique made for an exciting three days in her workshop. 

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