A Study of Artistic Method for Patrons and Artists








To teach the basics of creating a picture in the style of a past tradition, by demonstration of how it is done with the 13th century English style of illumination called the School of St Albans. It is also an introduction to the method of painting in egg tempera.


This course describes both theory and practice.


The theoretical aspect relates to the consideration of how to conform to the essential elements of a tradition while considering how these principles might be applied so that the image will connect with people today. It also offers a discussion on how we choose a particular tradition as appropriate for today.


The practical element shows how the decisions that the artists make in regard to the above can be applied in practice. This will involve the demonstration of the production of the line drawing and how this is converted into a painting in the medium of egg tempera. We get right down into the detail of this; how the paint is mixed, how we choose and mix colors and how we glaze and varnish.


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Here is the class outline:

1. Introduction

Course Introduction

2. Principles of Establishing a Tradition

Lesson 1

3. Further Considerations in Applying

Lesson 2

4. Canon and Context

Lesson 3

5. Line and Tone

Lesson 4

6. Drawing Theory

Lesson 5

7. Proportion And Other Aspects Of Compositional Design

Lesson 6

8. Choice Of Image For This Demonstration

Lesson 7

9. Prayer and Preparation

Lesson 8

10. Midterm Exam


11. Part 2 - Practical

This marks the beginning of the second half of the course. Please read the instructions thoroughly.

12. Constructing the Grids

Lesson 9

13. Copying the Lines

Lesson 10

14. Creating the Final Drawing

Lesson 11

15. Transferring the Drawing

Lesson 12

16. Making Paint

Lesson 13

17. Choice of Brushes

Lesson 14

18. Painting Lines

Lesson 15

19. Parchment Foundation Wash

Lesson 16

20. Applying Color

Lesson 17

21. Blending and Controlling Tones in Washes

Lesson 18

22. Next Lines and Washes

Lesson 19

23. Adding a Loin Cloth

Lesson 20

24. Dialogue with the Church

Lesson 21

25. Dealing with Mistakes

Lesson 22

26. Washes Glazes and Scumbles Varnishes

Lesson 23

27. What Next Skills to Learn in the Future

Lesson 24

28. Final Exam

Final Exam