celtic art
A series of short workshops

 
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The following modules may be booked individually, or combined as a longer workshop

 
 

 

 
 

I N T R O D U C I N G   C E L T I C   A R T

1 day. Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Max. 20 students

A "no pressure" day beginning with a digital slide presentation, clearly showing in fine detail, the themes of Celtic decoration and writing in some of the most important surviving manuscripts, including the Books of Durrow, Lindisfarne and Kells. Some modern work in Celtic style will also be shown. Following this, basic instruction on writing a Celtic hand and drawing a few styles of Celtic illumination will be given. No previous experience is necessary.

Tools and Materials: Broad edged calligraphy pen, (any kind is OK, even felt-tip, provided it has a large broad nib); suitable ink for this pen if required; pencils, eraser, sharpener, ruler, compass, translucent layout pad or tracing paper, size A3 or 11"x17"
Classroom requirement: Digital LCD projector capable of projection from my laptop at 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, plus VGA connection cable .

 

half uncial script

C E L T I C   S C R I P T :   I N S U L A R   H A L F   U N C I A L

2 or 3 days. Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Max. 20 students

An introduction to Celtic writing and practicing a script, see detail above.

Tools and Materials: Broad edged calligraphy dip-pens (Brause, Mitchell, Speedball, or similar; large nib sizes, fountain pens are NOT suitable), ink, gouache paints, palette, mixing brushes, water jar, pencils, ruler, sable watercolor brushes, sizes 000, 0 and 2, layout paper.

script exemplar

 

 

 

 

 

C E L T I C   I L L U M I N A T E D  I N I T I A L S

1 day. Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Max. 20 students

Design, draw and paint your very own Celtic illuminated initial. No previous experience is necessary.

Tools and Materials: pencils, compass, ruler, gouache paints, palette, mixing brushes, water jar, sable watercolor brushes, sizes 000, 0 and 2, layout paper, tracing paper, a sheet of quality paper for finished work.

 

 

 

 

 

A   C E L T I C  K N O T W O R K   P A N E L

1 day. Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Max. 20 students

Denis will guide you step by step in constructing a Celtic knotwork panel from the Book of Kells. In this one day course, you can expect to get the drawing completed of a reasonably complex design, (see below), and you will also also receive instruction/demonstration of how to take it to the stage of a finished painting. No previous experience is necessary.

Tools and Materials: pencils, compass, ruler, gouache paints, palette, mixing brushes, water jar, sable watercolor brushes, sizes 000, 0 and 2, grided layout paper, tracing paper, a sheet of quality paper for finished work.

knotwork panel

 

 

C E L T I C   I L L U M I N A T I O N :   S P I R A L S

1 or 2 days. Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Max. 20 students

An introduction to Celtic spiral designs, from initial construction through to a finished painting. Writing calligraphy in spirals will be included.

Tools and Materials: Broad edged calligraphy dip-pens (Brause, Mitchell, Speedball, or similar; large nib sizes, fountain pens not really good enough), ink, gouache paints, palette, mixing brushes, water jar, pencils, ruler, pair of dividers & compass, scalpel or scissors, sable watercolor brushes, sizes 000, 0 and 2, layout paper, tracing paper, a few sheets of quality paper for finished work.

spiral

Construct this design in the spirals workshop

 

 

 

 

C E L T I C   H Y B R I D   S C R I P T

2 or 3 days. Level: Intermediate to advanced. Max. 20 students

Ancient Celtic half-uncial script is beautiful, but is rarely appropriate for contemporary use. In cases where a Celtic feel is appropriate, I often use a hybrid form, blending insular characteristics with a more modern roman or italic.

We will look at principles of modernizing ancient forms and practice one of my hybrid Celtic/italic scripts. My 'Pangur Ban' design features the type of script that will be taught. Another example heads this page. The hand is appropriate for modern use where a Celtic feel is appropriate.

Tools and Materials: Broad edged calligraphy dip-pens (Brause size 3mm or 4mm particularly suggested in addition to students own preferred brand), ink, gouache paints, palette, mixing brushes, water jar, pencils, ruler, scalpel or scissors, sable watercolor brushes, sizes 000, 0 and 2, layout paper, a sheet or two of better quality paper of your own preferred brand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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