Following her very successful week with us in 2017 Claudia Tulifero is joining us in 2018 to
run a week long workshop in Course Illumination on Parchment using the
original techniques from mediaeval and renaissance times.
It was an truly amazing week and Claudia is a real 'Maestra' of her craft. The intricacy of the work and the sumptuous materials are wonderful. Prepare the parchment, grind up your paints from real pigments made from sought after precious metals - it is like being in the library from 'The Name of the Rose' by Umberto Eco. You have to concentrate and focus on your technique and it becomes like meditation and is very calming. Claudia is commissioned by the Getty Museum to produce original beautiful authentic artworks for sale.
What this course will offer.
This course intends to teach and present the ancient technique of illumination.
During the course participants will learn how to:
- prepare the parchment
- realise the basic design and transfer it to the parchment
- prepare the “pastiglia” for the gilding relief
- gilding the letter with water gilding on bole with genuine gold leaf
- prepare the “tempera” with pure pigments, precious metal such as lapis lazuli, egg and natural varnish
All the necessary materials, including gold, precious metals, pigments, vellum and brushes will be provided.
It is recommended you bring a Magnifying glass.
There may be an opportunity to learn basic fresco preparation if time permits.
About the artist
Born in Cagliari in 1972, Claudia has lived in Florence (Firenze) since 1993 where she moved to study restoration of art works.
She graduated at the Inernational University of Art in Florence in restoration of paintings on canvas, miniatures, frescoes and wood and wooden sculptures. With her incredible skill and talent she is very sought after and or more than 20 years and she has been working with the restoration of wooden sculptures, paintings, gilding and frescoes on protected heritage projects in Italy and France.
At her atelier Artemisia Restoration in Florence she produces copies and creations of art with the original ancient techniques. Some of these copies are on display in the United States the Découvert Fine Art Gallery in Rockport.
Since 2012 Claudia has been collaborating with the Getty Museum in Los Angeles making bespoke copies and commissions of illuminations on parchment.
Some examples of work produced during Claudia's week here:
Course Illumination on Parchment
Claudia will be running two courses with Arte Umbria in 2018, in Italy and in Normandy France.
Course dates : 6th September 2018
Course Price: £1100
Course dates : 21st - 28th November 2018
Venue: Normandy, France
Course Price: £2020
Price inclusive of bed, breakfast, all gourmet dinners, tutoring and materials including gold, jewels and semi precious stones and specialist equipment.
Non Participating Partners
Non participating partners are welcome if sharing a room with their partner, for the amazing price of £1310 and can take advantage of all that Normandy can offer, AND stock up on goodies, or do the 'booze cruise' early for Christmas whilst their partner is 'illuminating'.
Perfect for couples, BUT STILL no single person supplement.
All our courses are priced and charged in Great British Pounds Sterling.
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2018 Course in Italy
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2018 Course in France
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