Category: Major Workshops

Saturday Special – March 2019

March’s Saturday Special was an accordion style tunnel book using Alcohol Inks!

Natalie taught us different techniques to create art with Alcohol inks on Yupo and Dural-Lar. Each student got a chance to practice before creating their book. Each book was made up of 4 framed ink pieces done on Dura-Lar assembled as an accordion. The books can be enjoyed opened or closed. The entire class seemed to really enjoy creating their new books and learning the new art medium.










Major Workshop – November 2018

Taking a broadside from start to finish with Leslie Winakur and Maggie Gillikin.

A broadside is a piece that is meant to be hung on a wall. Students learned that a good composition looks good, no matter if it is right side up, upside-down, or sideways!They learned tips about matting & framing as well. Students worked with a variety of materials: watercolor, gouache, acrylic ink, sumi & walnut inks.

Note from photographer: not all of these may be right-side-up.
But we learned a good composition looks good from any side.

March 2018 Major Workshop

On March 3-4, British calligrapher James “Fazz” Farrell presented a great major workshop entitled “Contemporary Pointed Pen”. James’ pointed pen style is a development of the classical English Round Hand and Spencerian hands. Inspired by his interests in cosmology, astrophysics and the complex polyrhythms heard in heavy metal music, James builds on the traditional strokes and shapes using specialized arm techniques. After practicing traditional penmanship exercises dating back to the late 1800s, students produced some beautiful penwork with added color and expression.

 

A sample of James’ expressive work
JB Branzon’s Initials in Fazz Style
The class participants and their work at Discovery School, James can be seen in the upper right

October 2017 Major Workshop – Ken Harris

In October, a major workshop entitled “Traditional Raised and Burnished Gesso Gilding” was presented by noted calligrapher and artist, Ken Harris. Ken demonstrated the mixing and application of white lead gesso using recipes and techniques that date back to the middle ages. Under Ken’s guidance, students then produced amazing projects of their own design applying gesso and 24k gold leaf.

Letter L. Student Work
More students working hard
Mixing the tablets of gesso, to be used in the process of medieval gilding
A Table of very hard working students, using a feather quill to put on the liquid gesso, to lay the gold on
Another gorgeous A, student work
Student work
Ken working
More of Ken’s gilding, calligraphy and painting
Student work, color will be added
A letter made with a ruling pen. The negative space will be gilded. Done by Ken
Gilded and painted letter A. Student Work
Preliminary work on the student’s A
This lettering was done with a ruling pen on papyrus. Gilded Harris by Ken
More of Ken’s Work
The mixing of white lead gesso. The recipe is 900 years old, just as the monks did it
The gesso base is on the paper, but the 24k gold leaf has not been laid yet. Student Work