Bestiary Painting Online Workshop

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This is a terrific workshop for all skill levels and, although closely associated with calligraphy, doesn’t involve any lettering. Bestiaries are medieval books containing pictures and stories about animals – many that actually existed, and some comically charming ones about some that didn’t. Participants can select from swan, dog, cat, nightingale, panther, or elephant bestiaries, and will be walked through the process of transferring the line art and painting these adorable miniatures. Tuesdays, January 11 and January 18, 2022, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., US Eastern time. 

After you register, you will receive a separate email with log-in information for the online sessions.

$75; supplies not included. Supply List:

  • Crow Quill nib and holder and ink OR superfine permanent black marker such as Micron .3 or .5
  • Drafting vellum pad (50 sheets, 8.5” x 11” or similar)
  • Fine detail brush (such as Winsor & Newton Series 7, size 00 or 0 or similar)
  • 1 sheet Arches Watercolor 90 lb. hot press paper (can be cut into four pieces, approximately 11” x 15” each) or similar
  • Winsor & Newton Designer’s Gouache: Assortment of colors to match bestiary of choice
  • Ordinary yellow pencil (not a mechanical pencil)
  • Drafting tape
  • Mixing dishes
  • Paper towels

Nice to have (but not essential):

  • Eye dropper bottle for adding drops of water to gouache
  • Mixing brushes
  • Calfskin vellum square 4” x 6” or larger
  • Cork-backed ruler


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Will this workshop be recorded?
The workshop will be recorded and will be available for participant viewing for one week after each session.
  • Virtual

Event Schedule Details

  • 01/11/2022 5:00 pm   -   7:00 pm
  • 01/18/2022 5:00 pm   -   7:00 pm
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