Medieval Manuscript Illumination Workshop with Dr. Tony Silvestri. Brookfield, Wisconsin. August 7-8, 2015.
Samples of student work in preliminary stages
We will be working VERY SMALL. You will be given a 5 x 7 inch piece of vellum, so your complete design must fit well within a 4 x 6 inch area for adequate framing. I STRONGLY encourage you to focus on one Capital letter only, rather than a whole text. I do not have time in this workshop to instruct you in the art of calligraphy; so unless you are comfortable with your own hand as it is, I suggest you stick to a single letter.
Supplies to Bring
About the Workshop
Notes From Tony
The workshop will provide all the materials you need: calfskin parchment, pigments, binders, gold, and tools. But you could help by bringing the following:
-- An idea of the Letter you might like to illuminate, and an idea of the kind of decoration you might like to explore--floral, geometric, Celtic, Gothic, Modern, etc. For some inspiration, just Google "Illuminated Letters" and behold the astonishing array of styles and ideas. Please reduce your letter to fit in a box approximately 4 x 6 inches (preferably 3 x 5 inches).
MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT ILLUMINATION
In this two-day workshop with instructor Dr. Tony Silvestri, you will be creating a personalized piece of art which will be suitable for framing.
Participants will be painting on calfskin parchment and using pure pigments, 24 KT gold, and traditional techniques for painting and gilding to create a small illuminated letter of their own design.
For a peek at the process we will follow see here.
In addition, Tony will offer short presentations- highlighting the history, materials and techniques of medieval manuscript illumination.
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