Celtic Art Inspirations: Drawing Knotwork and Illuminated Letters

Led By: Sadelle Wiltshire
Suggested Donation: $380

Tuesday, 2 April – Friday, 5 April 2019

Join us in a hands-on exploration of the mysteries of drawing Celtic Knotwork and Illuminated Celtic Letters, step by step. These beautiful knotted forms are EASIER TO DRAW than the ancient manuscripts of Kells, Lindisfarne and others might lead you to believe, and can be another way to connect with the inner spirit through drawing.

During the retreat you’ll learn:
● different methods of creating knotwork,
● drawing freeform and more structured frameworks,
● shading and embellishing knots,
● a Celtic Cross or two…
● and Lettering!

With this basic knowledge, you’ll learn to draw and play with a basic Uncial script using simple pens and then explore constructing some beautifully ornamented letters using both knots we’ve learned and other unique patterns found in some of the old texts and use of color and paint. Experience the quiet, contemplative state that comes as you ink in your beautiful knots.

We’ll look at some examples from the ancient manuscripts, and explore a little bit of the historical side of knotwork through story and film breaks. No drawing experience needed, just an open mind and heart and the ability to make marks with a pen and pencil.

Supplies to bring:
— your favorite black fine line pens: one thin .01-.03 and one thicker .08
— mechanical pencil .7mm, with refills
— white eraser
— mixed media paper art journal for experiments and play

— any of your favorite color pens, pencils, markers or watercolor paints

Sadelle Wiltshire is a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, a Mixed Media/Textile/Jewellry Artist as well as a Certified Zentangle® Teacher from Putney, Vermont. She has taught a wide variety of art workshops across the US and as far as the UK, in secular and non-secular venues. Sadelle’s art work and ministry is influenced by her Quaker faith and she enjoys creating, practicing and facilitating art with a view towards mindfulness and contemplation. She can be found online at www.sadellewiltshire.com.