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> Do any of you have experience doing egg tempera with young children?
> I'm planning on doing this with 2nd graders. What type of ground can I use
> that is inexpensive, easy to prepare and successful for children?
> (Inexpensive being a key word here!)
> Also, any suggestions on how to mix the egg and pigments? I would love to
> found pigments--various crushed stones, earth, plant material, etc.
> Thanks for any advice, anecdotes, ideas in advance!
I haven't used egg tempera with children only through my practice of Byzantine
So here are a few suggestions based on doing egg tempera on my own.... and
thinking about past experiences of icon workshops with children using
acrylic.... Just some thoughts, I hope they help.
1) Mix up the egg solution in a large container for all the students. (maybe
one dozen eggs) I assume that you know that you do not use the whole egg, but
the yolk only (removed from its sack) and the yolk is mixed 50:50 with water
and add some vinegar to breakdown the yolk and preserve.... store unused
solution in the refrige for up to 3 days.
2) I paint on gessoed wood boards - perhaps you could gesso heavy cardboard
pieces??? Just a thought to control costs.
3) Dry pigments can be mixed first with water to form a paste and then add
egg solution to make paint -or- if you are using crushed berries and natural
materials, add the egg solution directly to the material.
4) Have students use the egg shells as containers to hold the pigment and
place the shells in the egg cartons as palette trays - unless you use
styrofoam egg cartons and then use the carton itself to hold the paints (1
carton per group of 4 students)
5) Put about 1/2 tsp pigment in egg shell or carton "pocket" and add enough
egg solution to come up to 3/4 full. Stir slowly and well.
6) Some dry pigments do not mix well, but float on the water surface.... add
a few drops of alchohol to dissolve... then mix.
Drop me a line on my e-mail to let me know how your class went. I'd love to
hear about your ups and downs using egg tempera (Eleni53)