Egg Tempera Painting – Mastering the Art

The Egg Tempera course will offer participants a new creative and expressive relationship with this most ancient of painting mediums. The course, designed for novices to experienced painters, includes an introduction to the practice of egg tempera painting by two of Atlantic Canada’s most respected practitioners, Tom and William Forrestall. Participants will have the opportunity to build on their interests in the arts. Working with a variety of subject matter and approaches including plein-air, photographs or other resources.

The course will cover the practice of egg tempera painting from the preparation of a traditional gessoed panel, to the creating of egg tempera paint itself. The application and handling qualities of the paint will be approached by example and lecture. The course will offer two distinctive approaches by two artists and their unique processes to the development of a series of completed paintings. Works will be completed both on paper and traditional gessoed panels.


Students should bring:

  • Brushes – watercolor brushes are recommended, small to large.
  • Mixing tray, and a water container.

About Tom and William Forrestall:

About Tom Forrestall

Tom Forrestall C.M., O.N.S., B.F.A. LL.D., RCA, was born in Middleton Nova Scotia, in 1936. In 1954, Forrestall was awarded a scholarship to the Fine Arts department at Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B., where he studied with Lawren P. Harris and Alex Colville.

Tom is one of Canada’s leading figures associated with the visual arts. Hailing from the Maritime region, his work has been exhibited and represented in every major public collection in the region and beyond, as well as in solo exhibitions in many prominent galleries worldwide. His art has been reproduced in numerous histories of Canadian art and is featured in ‘High Realism in Canada’ the 1974 book by Paul Duval. Three monographs on his paintings have been published, ‘Shaped by This Land’ (1974), and ‘Returning the Favour’ and ‘Paintings, Drawings, Writings’ by Tom Smart.

About William Forrestall

William Forrestall is a nationally recognized artist with an extensive exhibition record of over 150 solo and group exhibitions. He teaches in the Fine Arts program at St. Thomas University, in Fredericton, N.B..

One of Tom’s talented children, he has been responsible for the initiation and development of numerous art projects, lectures, publications, and cultural projects including the conception and planning of the Fred Ross mural restoration project at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and the book Redeemed; Restoring the Lost Fred Ross Mural, with essays by Charles Hill, Virgil Hammock, Tom Smart and John Leroux.

He is a member of the AICA (International Association of Art Critics) and has developed numerous group and solo exhibitions as curator and director of the Yellow Box Gallery at St. Thomas University.

In 2011 William Forrestall was the first artist to receive a federal Governor In Council appointment to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board.