Workshop: “B” Illuminated by Weldon Doran

“B” from the c. 1240 Bestiary of Guillaume Le Clerc

Try your hand at illumination. We will work on producing a “B” from the c. 1240 Bestiary of Guillaume Le Clerc, currently in the British Library. Along the way we will learn how to transfer the image and then apply 23K patent leaf using a raised gilding technique. Then we will practice painting the letter carefully with gouache. Experiment with borders and embossing, as well as other elaborations on decorative motifs, as time allows, all the while using the original image as a template and guide.

Weldon Doran is an artist and anthropologist who has flirted with illumination techniques over the years. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he studied Renaissance techniques (icons, mosaics, and gilding) along with contemporary painting, Weldon also pursued a PhD at Harvard University specializing in Ancient Chinese Art, Religion, and writings, specifically the oracle bones. A member of the Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh, Weldon also is an instructor in the Phipps Botanical Art Certificate program, and spends his time between Pittsburgh and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

February 22–23, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Room 203, Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall (Corner of Margaret Morrison Street and Tech Street on Carnegie Mellon’s campus)
Carnegie Mellon University campus map and parking info

Registration/payment deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020 to allow us time to order supplies. The listing of other tools and supplies will be sent to paid registrants. Workshop price includes cost of supplies fee.

Workshop Registration Form

Refunds will be given only if you cancel BEFORE the registration deadline.

NOTE: Parking is free in the garage on weekends and on the street on Sundays.

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