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The Art of Manuscript Illumination

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This course introduces students to the fundamentals of manuscript illumination in the medieval style of the Book of Hours. Students will learn to hand grind pigments to make gum tempera, mix colors, and paint garments, faces and flora in the traditional Book of Hours technique. Students will also learn to how to guild a manuscript in gold, palladium and silver alum. This workshop will focus on painting the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In addition to learning to create their own illumination, students will gain an understanding of ancient symbolic and theological visual vocabulary used by medieval illuminators.

This course may be counted toward the Certificate in the Sacred Arts – Foundations. 

Instructor:  Jed Gibbons studied Fine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, graduated from the Kendall School of Design, Grand Rapids, MI, and began his career as an illustrator. He worked in advertising for over thirty years as an art director and creative director. He has studied illumination and worked as an illuminator for over 20 years. He has served as an instructor at the St. Michael Institute of Sacred Art on Enders Island, Mystic CT for twelve years and teaches workshops throughout the United States.

Schedule:  July 15 - 20, 2013. Daily classes begin at 9 am. 
Hours:  35 hours
Tuition: $550 plus GST
Additional requirements:  $35 materials fee

In order to maintain the close one-on-one nature of instruction, enrolment will be limited. Tuition is due at the time of registration. Students may cancel their registration and receive a refund (minus a $50 administration fee) up to 7 days prior to the beginning of the course. After this date, no refunds are given for cancellation. 

For registration information contact Patti Berg at 403-254-3751 or

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