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A two-day hands-on workshop. No previous experience required & all material to be provided

Day one ‘Artists materials and techniques’.

Focusing on preparing a traditional gesso panel for painting – as used by early Italian and Northern European artists.  

Day one: Making gesso from a traditional recipe of rabbit skin glue and chalk, and discussing the different types of artists’ preparations that have been used over the years.

Applying layers of gesso to a panel. Smoothing the panel surface in readiness for painting

Participants will leave with a finished panel ready to take home and use in the future.

Day two

Preparing an under-drawing using ink and cross-hatching technique

Preparing and making egg tempera paints to be applied over the underdrawing

An introduction to water gilding with each participant learning about the preparation and application of gold leaf, burnishing and tooling of the gold.

Borough Hall

Town Hall Theatre

Museum of Hartlepool

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