Visiting Artist Teaches Traditional Tempera Painting at Plymouth State

April 15th, 2003 by Adam

New York-based artist John Jacobsmeyer will teach the 12th annual summer art workshop at Plymouth State College. Each summer, this program brings a notable artist to campus to work with other practicing artists, students and teachers in an intensive one-week studio experience. The five-day workshop will meet in the Draper & Maynard building on the Plymouth campus from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m, July 14 –18, with extra studio time available in the evenings.

Jacobsmeyer is a graduate instructor at the New York Academy Graduate School of Figurative Art, where he specializes in the history of painting techniques. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from Yale University. He has received numerous awards, fellowships and residencies, and has had recent solo exhibitions in New York, Washington D.C., Boston and Chicago.

This workshop will be a hands-on examination of tempera technique and tradition from Giotto to Wyeth. Tempera is known for its light, brilliant color, glaze-like translucency and semi-gloss sheen. These qualities, as well as the safe, fast-drying, easily correctable nature of tempera make it a powerful alternative to acrylic, oil and watercolor. Students will create paintings using various tempera techniques, at first emulating the traditional medieval method. Lecture topics will include medieval Italian imagery in tempera and the special role of egg tempera in the practice of contemporary artists.

The workshop is open to students, teachers and practicing artists and can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit, or on a non-credit basis. For more information contact Michael Heffernan, Plymouth State College art department, at (603) 535-2201 or, or PSC’s Division of Graduate Studies, Continuing Education and Outreach at (603) 535-2822.
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