Guest artist Mrs. Lorenda James was welcomed into Central’s Art Studio to teach Mrs. McDonnell’s 3rd-graders how to make tempera paint. The students were extremely engaged and proud of their efforts. Mrs. James brought in colorful leaves for all to inspect. We admired the glorious colors found in nature. Mrs. James told us that long ago people did not go to the store to buy paint. They had to make their own with items found outdoors. Mrs. James explained that the rich colored pigments she brought were made from natural items found in nature. Students crushed charcoal to make fine dust and other natural pigments were used. We even painted with different soils! The students were scientists when making the binder. It was a delicate, precise process. They took turns cracking and straining the eggs, carefully making sure only the yolk went into the beaker. They mixed specific amounts of egg yolks, distilled water, linseed oil, and a teeny tiny bit of
More about Mrs. James “I am a visual art creator that loves to work with old techniques of painting to create modern scenery of daily life. I start painting as soon as I could hold a pencil. The medium that I use are pigments, beeswax, kitchen ingredients, and tools. Making art makes me feel excited and creative. What motivates me is the uncertainty of something new will be born out of my hands.
”Brief History of Tempera
“Painters using tempera today are continuing a tradition that dates back to Ancient Greece and Rome. Egg tempera emerged as the primary medium in frescoes and illuminated manuscripts during the twelfth century in Europe. The technique reached its prime during the Italian Renaissance in which some of the most iconic egg tempera paintings were made, such as the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, The Transfiguration by Raphael, and many others.”