Gild A Beast: Gold Leaf & the Aberdeen Bestiary
(with Artist, Necole Witcher)
Sunday, April 19th from 11:00am - 2:30pm
Paint and gild your own version of a page from a 12th century book of beasts, the Aberdeen Bestiary. Learn how to apply gold leaf and paint in the medieval artist technique, illumination. Explore some history of the art of illumination while you paint and guild your way to a frameable piece of art. Students will learn basic watercolor painting skills along with the technique of applying gold leaf. You will create a facsimile or emulation of one of four beasts provided for you. 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.
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.
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: $30 + $5 Supplies = $35
Registration is required and seating is limited.
If you have any questions please call the Roycroft Campus at 716-655-0261 or email us.