We are pleased to welcome Dr. Anthony Silvestri for a two day workshop on Medieval Manuscript Illumination to take place on August 7 and 8, 2015 in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
It will be held from 9am-5pm and the cost is $125.00 per student.
There is an invitation to dine out as part of the group in the evening after hours. The price for this would be approximately $25.00 and will cover food, one beverage and tipping at a nice restaurant.
Optional: a quick "field trip' to St Joan of Arc chapel.
Tony will instruct a limited number of students (12), so register early to reserve your spot. For more information please contact me here.
Supplies to Bring
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).
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.
-- one or two round watercolor brushes, size 00, 0, or 1.
-- medium sized water jar for table top brush cleaning
-- a small 6 or 10-well palette for mixing paints
-- a magnifying glass or reading glasses if you think you might need them for small work
-- your own sack lunch for each day (there are also fast food restaurants nearby).
Find below the illumination that I completed in his 2014 workshop.
A piece like this would be appropriate for more independent, advanced students only as there are several figures with tiny, tiny faces, etc.
If you would select something of this type, you MUST be able to complete this rapidly and without step-by-step drawing or calligraphy instruction. We are limited to two days.
About our Instructor
Dr Tony Silvestri: An acclaimed lyricist, Charles Anthony Silvestri specializes in providing bespoke poetry for choral composers, especially texts in Latin, both sacred and secular. In addition to writing choral lyrics, Silvestri is also an accomplished artist/painter, specializing in replicating Medieval manuscript illumination and recreating the techniques and materials of Gothic and Renaissance panel painters and iconographers. He is a member of the CRAA and the Catholic Fine Arts Council, and has exhibited works internationally. He has earned Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees in Ancient and Medieval History from Loyola Marymount University and the University of Southern California. He currently lives with his children in Lawrence, Kansas, and teaches history at Washburn University. WEBSITE link