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Painting in Egg Tempera
with Doug Safranek
The Art Students League, 215 W 57th St, 10019

Egg Tempera Class

Since ancient times ...

artists have blended egg yolk, powdered pigment, and water to create delicately luminous paintings of remarkable durability. The great alterpieces of 14th-century Siena and the 15th-century masterpieces of the Florentine Renaissance were painted in egg tempera.

Four centuries later, in this country, the medium was a favorite of magic realists and many of the figurative artists working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Students will discover that egg tempera is quite economical, versatile, eco-friendly, and well-suited for contemporary use.

They will learn how to prepare a panel with a rabbit skin glue-based gesso, how to transfer drawings to the panel, and how to layer tempera paint using both traditional and contemporary techniques.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Egg Tempera Classes are held on a monthly basis:


-- Wednesday & Thursday Evenings from 7 to 10pm


-- Sundays from 1 to 4pm.


Themes: Choose your subject matter. You will get instruction on Portrait Painting, Still Life, Landscape, etc.

Register at The Art Students League of New York,

215 West 57th Street, across from Carnegie Hall, NY 10019.

Phone: 212.247.4510

Doug Safranek ...

received a B.A. in French from Boston College and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin where he studied with Robert Grilley, magic realist John Wilde, and art historian James Waltrous who introduced him to egg tempera painting.

His work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Arkansas Art Center, the Norton Museum of Art, the New-York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Over the course of his thirty-year career, he has received a number of awards and honors, including the Elizabeth Greenshield's Grant, a solo exhibition at the Butler Institute of Art, and a Gold Medal from the Allied Artists of America.

Mr. Safranek is represented by ACA Galleries in New York City.

For more information, please visit his website:


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