9/4: Lumos! with Dr. Anthony Silvestri

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9/4: Lumos! with Dr. Anthony Silvestri

100.00

Sunday, September 4, 10am-­1pm & 2pm-5pm

A workshop in the materials and techniques of Medieval manuscript illumination led by literal Renaissance Man Dr. Anthony (Tony) Silvestri. Participants will use traditional, historic materials such as calfskin vellum (or a vegan alternative), 24k gold, gesso gilding, and will make their own paints from pure pigments to create a miniature masterpiece in the Gothic, Renaissance or modern style. 

This 6-hour workshop will be divided into two 3-hour sections over the course of a single day, offering a deep dive into the intricate art of Illumination with time for a relaxing lunch and walkabout in Downtown Lawrence.

Over the course of the workshop, participants of any skill level will complete a 5" x 7" personal artwork suitable for framing. Ideally, participants will focus on a single illuminated initial or decorative flourish; Students are welcome to furnish and execute their own entirely unique design, or to recreate a pattern from history.

All course materials will be provided, including:

  • a small round watercolor brush
  • a paint palette for pigments
  • vellum (or vegan alternative) substrate
  • powder pigments and binding medium
  • 24k gold leaf
  • templates/examples of historic illuminated initials, to replicate if desired

Registration is limited to 8 participants; free parking immediately adjacent to Wonder Fair is available throughout the day (worry not)!

Sign me up!

About the Artist, Dr. Anthony Silvestri:

An acclaimed lyricist, Charles Anthony Silvestri specializes in providing bespoke poetry for choral composers, especially texts in Latin, both sacred and secular. In addition to writing choral lyrics, Silvestri is also an accomplished artist/painter, specializing in replicating Medieval manuscript illumination and recreating the techniques and materials of Gothic and Renaissance panel painters and iconographers. He is a member of the CRAA and the Catholic Fine Arts Council, and has exhibited works internationally. He has earned Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees in Ancient and Medieval History from Loyola Marymount University and the University of Southern California. He currently lives with his children in Lawrence, Kansas, and teaches history at Washburn University.

 

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1 & 2: Capital E & L from The Douce Pliny (printed edition of Pliny's "Natural History" translated by Cristoforo Landino, printed by Nicolas Jensen in Venice in 1476, and illuminated), Florentine Venice, 1476.  You might not be achieve a level of mastery equal to Pliny after one workshop, but who knows?!

3: Example of an illuminated manuscript page by Dr. Charles Anthony Silvestri

4: Still image from Gilding & Painting The Illuminated Letter by master scriptorium artist Rosemary Buczek, produced by Ben Stapley