Basic Gold Leaf Illumination
(with Artist, Necole Witcher)
Saturday, April 20 from 3:00pm - 6:00pm
The class will explore a basic history of the art of illumination including its origin and a few example codices (early forms of books) from different periods. Students will learn basic watercolor painting skills along with the technique of applying gold leaf. You will create a facsimile or emulation of a portion of the dedication page from the Morilasée Bible, Blanche of Castile, King Louis IX, or the scribe or the artist. You will use composition gold leaf, and watercolor on 140 lb watercolor paper. The outlines will be done in advance so that students can focus on the gold leaf and watercolor. No prior experience required. This is a great beginner class to learn this age old art, which the Roycrofters used in their own books.
Supplies include all materials needed to make an illumination including composition gold foil, watercolor, paintbrushes, water-dishes, blotting material, and prepped watercolor paper. The tools provided during the class project will remain the property of the instructor. Students are highly recommended to bring magnification (reading) glasses if needed. Dinner is not supplied so please feel free to bring a bagged meal, or something to snack on.
From curating to modeling to painting, Necole Witcher has been involved in the art business since 2007. She has a background in watercolor, art history and botany. Necole currently works at the Illumination Studio and Press Room in the Roycroft Print Shop and continues to promote and educate people in this age old art form. It makes her day if her work inspires or pushes at the edges of reality.
Class Tuition: $40 + $5 Supplies = $45
Registration is required and seating is limited.
If you have any questions please call the Roycroft Campus at 716-655-0261 or email us.