Saints Preserve Us! Painting a Saint in Miniature

Based on Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

With Debbie Thompson Wilson

November 3-4, 2018

This workshop is now full.   New registrations will be added to a wait list.


In this 2 day workshop we will look at the methods that medieval illuminators (also known as limners) used to produce images of saints in private prayer books (Books of Hours) and liturgical manuscripts. Included will be methods used in preparation, underdrawing, gilding and painting these miniature works of art and devotion. We'll also look at how artists portrayed pictures of saints within large initial letters (usually for choir books). We'll be using some modern materials for convenience sake, but the effect should prove to be positively medieval! Images of some saints will be provided but participants may bring their own image if they desire. We will be working no bigger than 4 x 6".

Debbie Thompson Wilson holds a BA in fine art and works as freelance calligrapher and illustrator specializing in painting medieval-style miniatures.   In 2014 she curated an special exhibit at the Guelph Civic Museum featuring 39 miniature icons and illuminations based on the saints of the City of Guelph.

N.B. This workshop can be counted towards studio credit for the MA of Sacred Arts through Pontifex University.

Location: Kensington Art Supply, 6999 11 St. SE. Calgary

Fee: $150 for SAGA members; $170 for non-members.  Fee includes $15 for supplies such as gold leaf, size, and a brush set.  A supply list will be provided upon registration.  Registration opens on March 17th.