To register for one or more of these workshops you must be registered for
the conference as well.


Caring for your Treasures: Family Papers, Photographs, and Books – Kohleen Reeder and Christina Thomas

Family papers, photographs, and books are everyday objects found throughout our home collections. Their prevalence often allows us to forget that they are potentially fragile and can be damaged by careless handling, improper storage, and exposure to environmental conditions. Through presentation and a hands-on session, this workshop will offer instruction on the proper handling and storage of these treasures, as well as how to respond when disaster strikes. Implementing these guidelines, tips, and tricks in your home collections will help ensure that they are available for future generations to enjoy!


Illuminated Capitals  – Joan Merrell

For hundreds of years, decorative or “illuminated” capitals have been used to brighten pages, catch attention, and mark beginnings. The St. John’s Bible uses this tradition in both classic and modern ways. Participants in this class will have the opportunity to experience hands-on some of the techniques and materials used in traditional illumination over many centuries, such as vellum, pigments, quills, and gold leaf, as well as sampling more modern methods such as using fine-tipped drafting pens and watercolor pencils. Using basic skeleton structures and under the guidance of an experienced calligrapher, you will design and decorate your own versions of at least two or three illuminated letters, and also have a rare opportunity to look at some original illuminations in manuscripts from the library’s rare book collection. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a personal taste of an art that has been appreciated in books over much time and in many places.


Uncommon Uncial: A Beautiful Historical Lettering Hand – Judy Sommerfeldt

The uncial lettering hand was in widespread use from the 3rd to the 9th centuries A.D. and served as the primary book hand between the 4th and 6th centuries.  It continued to be used for versals – decorative initials used to open paragraphs – during the Middle Ages. Uncial is also one of the most popular calligraphic styles of writing among present-day scribes.  Modern versions of this undemanding style are based upon early historic forms and are ideal for beginners to learn.

Participants in this class DO NOT need to have previous calligraphic experience.  We will begin by looking at some historic and modern examples of Uncial writing.  Next we will learn the uncial alphabet strokes, first with a pencil and then, with a broad edge metal nib and ink.  After practicing these beautiful letter forms for a while, participants will create a finished piece combining uncial letters and watercolor.



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