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Introduction to Egg Tempera Painting


The course teaches icon painting. The painting process follows the authentic icon painting technique – egg tempera mixed from dry pigments, multi-layered painting, etc. Each participant will have the opportunity to paint their own icon.
Parallel to the painting process, the participants will receive an overview of the iconographic principles and meanings in icon painting, the materials and techniques used, as well as their conservation process.

The participants will learn essential skills in historical icon painting and get an introduction to the history, significance and conservation process of icons.

LEARNING OUTCOMES. The participant:

• has a basic understanding of the history, iconography and techniques of icon painting;
• has a basic overview of the conservation principles of icons;
• has acquired basic skills in painting icons.


The course will end with a presentation of the icons made during the course and the documentation of the work process (pass-fail evaluation).


Maaria Treima graduated from the Tartu Art College department of painting in 2011. She has participated in several icon painting courses and has been an active icon maker for years. In addition to icon art, she has worked as a painting and mural conservator in Estonia and abroad. She has exhibited her paintings in group and solo exhibitions.

Co-supervisor: Hilkka Hiiop (PhD)
Lectures: Linda Lainvoo (MA), Kristina Aas (MA)
Assistant: Varje Õunapuu (MA)


EKA Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Possible Futures” is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Programme structure


Monday, August 19
Introduction to the history and meaning of icons (Linda Lainvoo), 2 academic hours.
Overview of how to transfer the image to the support (Maaria Treima).

Tuesday, August 20
Base layers, outlines, first highlight (Maaria Treima).

Wednesday, August 21
First float, second highlight (Maaria Treima).

Thursday, August 22
Second float, last highlights, details (Maaria Treima).

Friday, August 23
Overview of the properties of materials and techniques used in icon painting based on materials research, and of the conservation process (Kristina Aas).
Final steps in painting an icon (Maaria Treima).

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States