The Illuminated Botanical ABCDerium: Drawing from History

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Saturday September 15

9:30 AM  –  4:00 PM

Sat., Sept. 15 and Sun., Sept.16 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$285 members | $325 nonmembers (includes specialty supply fee)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to illuminate a series of four historical plant inspired letterforms
Level: Advanced
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Watercolor I and II or equivalent watercolor experience. This pre-requisite is a requirement to enroll in this course. If you feel you have alternate botanical art training that would satisfy these requirements, contact Phipps at Phipps will require you to supply samples of your work. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for review.

During this two-day workshop, Kandy Phillips will provide step-by-step instruction, including painting techniques, white work, tooling on gold and flat gilding with composite leaf for you to create a series of four historical plant inspired letterforms. Using the provided templates, copy the samples to begin your own ABCderium in an art form that sees rich colors glow. Creative adaptations are encouraged! Prep work prior to class is expected along with a working knowledge of fine watercolor painting. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective


The Hunt Institute exhibition, Alphabetus Botanicus (Thurs., Sept. 13 – Fri., Dec. 14), features the illuminated letters of Kandis Vermeer Phillips alongside artwork of plants from A to Z from the Institute collection, illuminated manuscripts from special collections at Carnegie Mellon University and materials used in illumination. A public reception will be held on Thurs., Sept. 13 from 5 – 7 p.m. Phillips will give a demonstration on drawing letter forms in silverpoint in the gallery on Fri., Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. – noon and 2 – 4 p.m. She will have sketches available showing the metalpoint process, along with various metals and prepared papers with which visitors may experiment. In addition, she will informally discuss the history of illumination and metalpoint during the demonstration.