Gild a Beast – July 10th


Gild a Beast: Gold Leaf & the Aberdeen Bestiary

(with Artist, Necole Witcher)
Saturday, July 10th from 12:00pm – 4:00pm

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.


Motivated to reconnect communities through art, Necole brings energy to overlooked places. She studies, paints and communes with many versions of Western New York, trying to derive its essence. When she is not in the woods or hamlets sketching, she’s most likely making prints at the Print Shop at the Roycroft Campus, educating people in this age-old art form. Necole has a diverse background in art, science and education.

Class Tuition $40 + $5 Supplies = Total Cost – $45
Registration is required and seating is limited. (Max. of 7 students)

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