The Contemplative Art of Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Manuscript Illumination

Subject: Painting, Illumination
Dates: 5 November 2018 - 9 November 2018
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Christabel Helena Anderson
Full price
£ 385

This course is an exploration through practice of the extraordinary and luminous art of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon manuscript illumination. Participants will learn about numerous remarkable early manuscript codices (including the Lindisfarne Gospels, Book of Kells, Stockholm Codex Aureus and Mac Durnan Gospels), discovering the multiplicity of designs, symbolism and meanings contained within, and the multitude of methods by which they were created.

Throughout the week we will make several small-scale artworks, learning about the knotwork, spirals and other characteristic design features which comprise their rich imagery, as well as the techniques, materials and tools which were employed to create them. The uses of vellum and parchment, and how to make traditional ink and watercolour paints using locally available natural materials, such as woad and mineral pigments, will also be covered.

Participants will study the methods of miniature painting used to create these tiny masterpieces, as well as the gilding methods which were sometimes used. In addition, we will learn about the inspired illuminators and dedicated monastic scriptoria which prayerfully produced these remarkable manuscripts in many of Britain and Ireland's most holy places.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for beginners as well artists with a greater depth of experience in painting and manuscript illumination techniques but who wish to further develop their skills and knowledge.

What should I bring to class?

Students will be asked to bring their own brushes but all other materials will be provided. However, participants may also wish to bring a magnifying glass to help with detailed work.

The tutor recommends Winsor Newton 7 Series brushes in sizes 000, 00, 0 and 1.

All other materials will be provided.

What days do I attend?

Monday – Friday.

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs. The reduced fee is £310.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

Tutor biography

Christabel Helena Anderson

Christabel specialises in the creation of holy icons in egg tempera on wood panels, illuminated and jewelled miniature paintings in hand made watercolour on vellum, and cloisonné, champlevé and painted vitreous enamels, created within the tradition of the Orthodox Church. Her work is also inspired by the art, architecture and illuminated manuscripts of Britain and Ireland from the late antique and early medieval periods. She is a specialist in gilding techniques, traditional paint preparation and pigments, early quill written letterforms and hand made inks. She is a Queen Elizabeth Scholar, GIA Accredited Jewellery Professional, and in 2010 Christabel graduated with distinction from the School’s MA programme, where she is currently undertaking a doctoral research project sponsored by the A. G. Leventis Foundation. She also occasionally writes, lectures and teaches both in the UK and internationally.

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