Workshops

Introductory medieval manuscript illumination workshop, Lincoln Heritage Skills Centre – new dates.

 

During the morning you will have the opportunity to practice applying gold leaf flat on the page using a number of traditional and modern ‘glues’. Having honed your skills, during the afternoon you will complete a small medieval manuscript painting in watercolour and gold leaf to take home with you. No design / drawing skills or experience necessary although creativity is welcomed! There will be a choice of medieval designs for you to choose from should you wish to do so and all materials are provided.

September 20th 10am – 4pm

October 21st 10am – 4pm

Please phone Lincoln Castle on 01522 554559 to book – online booking should be available soon.

 

 

Luttrell Psalter N 500

An example of something you might expect to complete on the introductory manuscript illumination course, with 24 carat gold applied flat on the page.

 

Advanced medieval manuscript illumination, Lincoln Heritage Skills Centre – new date

 

11th November 2017. This will focus solely on the use of manuscript gesso and loose leaf gold. Raising the gold on gesso means that it can be burnished to a high shine. It’s slightly more tricky, but well worth the time learning the skill as it gives beautiful results.

Please phone Lincoln Castle on 01522 554559 to book – online booking should be available soon.

 

Illuminated J by manuscript illuminator Toni Watts

Illuminated J, 24 carat gold on gesso. The design called for the gesso to be raised moderately high – quite how raised or flat you lay your gesso is purely a matter of personal taste.

Manuscript Illumination – Higham Hall, Cumbria

 

This workshop ( 22nd September 2017 18.30 – 24th September 2017 13.30) combines the two workshops above, allowing participants to both apply gold flat on the page and raised on manuscript gesso.

Many consider Higham Hall to be the UK’s best independent residential college providing a range of open learning experiences for adults. All meals are included in the course fee and, speaking from experience, the food is both delicious and plentiful!

Details are here, phone Higham Hall on 017687 76276 to book.

In 2018 I will be running two courses at Higham back-to-back. The first (31st January – 2nd February 2018) is the ‘manuscript illumination’ course, above. The second (2nd February – 4th February 2018) is ‘further manuscript illumination’, the focus being solely on improving participants skills in the use of manuscript gesso and loose leaf gold.

 

 

Extracting Pigments from Rocks and Roots, Lincoln Heritage Skills Centre.

 

Extracting pigment

 

The earth is the source of the pigments used in the great paintings of the past: extracting pigments and making them into paint was a part of any artist’s practice. This workshop will introduce you to this traditional skill, transforming rocks (a local stone and a semi-precious rock such as Chrysocolla) and plants (Persian berry or Madder) into beautiful watercolour, tempera and oil paint..

Date / Place – 25th October 2017. Please phone Lincoln Castle on 01522 554559 to book – online booking should be available soon.

 

 

 

Feedback from previous courses is overwhelmingly positive:

‘Could not have been better’.

‘I wouldn’t have believed that I could produce something that beautiful. I’m thrilled.’

‘It was a joy’.

‘Thank you very much for doing the workshops last week – I’ve had great feedback from all the students about how much they enjoyed it’. 

Alan (stonemason), Sarah (Royal school of Needlework) and I - tutors at the Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln.

Alan (stonemason), Sarah (Royal school of Needlework) and I – tutors at the Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln.

 

 

 

 

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