“My experience in the Egg Tempera Painting class of Alina Smolyansky:
I had seen a demonstration of egg tempera painting years before so my interest was there.
The class was only five weeks, but it was excellent! All materials were provided, which was essential as I am not sure where one gets the ground pigments and the boards upon which we painted were all ready to go. We were provided with a first project that was excellently suited as an introduction to painting with egg tempera. The instruction by Alina was outstanding. She is an excellent painter and unlike many can teach the technique with ease. Essential to a beginner, she was incredibly patient with us. In spite of the intricacies of the technique she was able with careful attention to lead each of us to a successful painting by the end of the class! There are already multiple subsequent possible projects in mind. Looking forward to my next project! Thank you, Alina.” — David Walker, PhD, June 2016.
“It is a pleasure working with Alina. I have taken two of her classes and I am currently receiving private lessons from her. Alina is a wonderful painter and an excellent teacher; she is knowledgeable and patient and a lot of fun to work with. Alina has covered a lot of different topics and techniques with me and has done an excellent job of both instructing me how to use these techniques and how to develop further. She is able to assess skills well and knows how to lead students through a progressive level of difficulty, allowing them to develop their skills with appropriate challenges. I really enjoy working with Alina and I am glad I have had the chance to studying with her. I would recommend her classes and her lessons without reservation.” - Graham Z., Vancouver, BC
“I happened upon Alina by chance when she was demonstrating icon and egg-tempera painting technique at a gallery. I had never attempted egg-tempera or gold-leaf work, but I was intrigued by the purity of the medium. Using egg emulsion (an environmentally friendly medium) to adhere paint to wood makes so much sense.” Zenobia Turnbull, Burnaby, BC, Vancouver Sketch Club, 2016