From Dust to Art - Vancouver Egg Tempera Academy

From Dust to Art, Historical Art Techniques Academy, is the only place in Vancouver, if not in Canada, that offers courses both in traditional icon painting and egg-tempera painting. The idea behind the Historical Art Techniques Academy Academy is to share the beauty of historic painting media and to learn to appreciate those age-old artistic traditions by honouring their use in today’s artwork.

Suitable for beginners and experienced artists. Currently offered: egg tempera techniques and icon painting classes

Online course: The Art of Egg Tempera Part 1: Pigments, Egg Emulsion, Basic Painting Techniques.

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NEW: egg tempera painting WORKSHOP

Dates:  July 29 - August 2, 2019, 10 am - 5 pm
Location: 950 Kings Rd, 2nd Floor, Victoria BC
Tuition: $395.00 (30 hrs) + Material Fee: $75
Registration: link to Vancouver Island School of Art

Painting the Tree of Life - the first project

Come and experience the ancient art of egg tempera painting! I am inviting you to enjoy five sessions painting in a tranquil environment of 100 Braid St Studios & Gallery.

You will discover the basic secrets of the ancient technique of egg tempera painting and will receive personal instruction and demonstration for each stage of painting (mixing egg yolk emulsion, the “puddle” and brushstroke techniques, transparent layering).

At the end of the course you will take home a completed painting of the Tree of Life, inspired by illuminated manuscripts and oriental art.

No previous experience required. All the necessary materials and tools will be provided (included in the cost of materials). 


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Christmas Icon painting course

Dates: November 1 - 30, 2019
Location: 100 Braid St. Studios & Gallery, New Westminster BC
Tuition: $ 400 + registration fee
Registration: coming soon

Make time and space for yourself; let go of tension, thoughts, distractions for a day, and settle your mind and emotions by painting a sacred image.

I invite you to spend this time re-connecting with deeper parts of yourself in the creative process, while learning the ancient art of egg tempera painting.

While the word “icon” means “image” in Greek, an icon is more a symbol that speaks directly through our senses and produces certain responses within.

The uniqueness of this course is that the process of looking at and painting sacred images attempts to calm the mind, still emotions and evoke a meditative state.

The technical part of the course will cover the basic techniques of icon painting: transferring the image and applying gold leaf, mixing egg yolk emulsion, the “little lake” and brush stroke techniques, transparent layering, varnishing the finished icon. No previous experience required. All the necessary materials and tools will be provided. 

At the end of the course you will take home a completed icon.