Egg Tempera: The Luminous Medium

A pre-recorded course with unlimited access.
Koo Schadler, Instructor


This is a pre-recorded course of the original class offered in 2021. 

Egg tempera painting is as old as the Egyptians, was most famous during the Renaissance, and is becoming increasingly popular with artists today.  Egg tempera has unsurpassed luminosity.  Dozens of layers can be quickly applied in a single session.  Yet the medium also allows for meticulous brushwork and fine, linear details. Egg tempera appeals to both painter and decorative artist alike. 

Koo Schadler is an internationally recognized master of the medium.  In this comprehensive course, Koo leads students through a step by step process to create a small yet exquisite still life painting.  Students learn how to combine pigments and yolk to make fresh paint, sponge on a background, create a splattered granite ledge with incised lettering, render a wild rose, convey the translucent transparency of glass, and paint a butterfly in flight. 

Koo also discusses gesso panels, powdered pigments, finishing a tempera painting, and the medium’s rich, ancient history.  Bonus videos include “Creating a Light Effect”, to increase light and luminosity in paintings; and “Color Attributes”, for greater proficiency in color mixing.  An in-depth booklet and color chart accompany the course.

Please disregard any mention of homework, the forum with feedback, or other references that would no longer apply.


Our class project
3" x 5" 


These are just a few of the things that will be covered in the course



  •  how to combine pigments and yolk
  • sponge on a background
  • create a splattered granite ledge with incised lettering
  • render a wild rose
  • convey the translucent transparency of glass
  • paint a butterfly in flight
  • finishing a tempera painting

Koo Schadler 

Koo has taught hundreds of people from around the world how to paint in egg tempera.  This course is open to all levels, including beginners; prior experience in egg tempera or painting is not required.  Students should be aware that to complete the assigned image requires, depending on ability, 12-20 hours of painting time over the course of 4 weeks.  Students may tailor the image (for example, not paint all objects in the still life) to simplify the painting process.  

Supply List for Download


Optional kits are available from Natural Pigments. The kits, created exclusively for this class, are offered at very reasonable prices and ship worldwide. Click here to visit Natural Pigments.






This course offers unlimited access.
A special forum for students only is provided as a place for them to share their work and their journey into egg tempera. This forum will not be monitored by Koo.





You can purchase a gift certificate for this class for the art lover in your life!

Since this course offers unlimited access at whatever pace and schedule that suits the student's life, this class makes a perfect gift.