Illuminated Manuscript Course

Workshop Heritage Special Event
  • Venue

    Queen Elizabeth II Room

  • Time

    10:00 AM

  • Price


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Join us for our Illuminated Manuscript course just weeks before we look forward to celebrating the season of advent Unfortunately this event has now had to be cancelled. Ticket holders will be notified.

An opportunity has risen at the Cathedral to paint an illuminated Manuscript piece during a five day course with the guidance of an experienced Iconographer/manuscript painter.

This course gives you an opportunity to learn various gilding techniques as well as learning to make own watercolours and paint with them.

During this course you will paint a traditional Nativity scene, based on ancient manuscripts, and create something special, which will be ready to be framed, or made into a Christmas card.

During the course you will learn:

* Painting with self made watercolours

* Experimenting different ways of gilding a manuscript piece with gold leaf and shell


* practical exercises on various Pergamenata and hot pressed watercolour papers

This course is suitable to all levels, close guidance will be given at all times. Spaces are strictly limited and this course will take place in the Cathedral Queen Elizabeth II room.

Students are asked to bring along a pencil, rubber, sharpener, ruler, scissors and a note pad.

All the other materials required are included in the course.

The tutor of this course is Iconographer/Manuscript painter Hanna Ward. Hanna has researched and studied iconography and Orthodox Church painting under several masters from Greece, Russia, Romania, Finland and UK.

She has a Masters Degree in Sacred Traditional Arts from Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London and she has finished the four year diploma studies in iconography and wall painting under iconographer Aidan Hart in Prince’s School’s Liturgical Arts Program.

Hanna is especially interested in Church wall painting and has been to Romania to research fresco painting under Church painter Adrian Iurco. Hanna has also assisted Aidan with the fresco of the Transfiguration at Leeds.

Hanna has also researched sacred geometry and underlying symbolism in Church architecture as she is an interior designer and has spent her working life in architectural design and drafting.

Hanna has painted and taught traditional Folk Art for many years which has given her strong technical skills and foundation for mastering complex icon and wall painting, which is now her calling and passion.

Hanna believes that when creating contemporary icons it is important to obey liturgical principles, whilst allowing creativity, in order to uphold this very special image of prayer.

Hanna teaches icon painting and works for commissions.

Keeping you safe

We are limiting this course to a maximum eight participants only and will adhere to social distancing at all times. Students will be spaced apart appropriately and members of the public will not be able to access the space whilst the course is taking place. Disinfectant will be available for students to wipe down their surfaces and an enhanced cleaning procedure will be in place. Hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities will be freely available across the Cathedral and in the room that this course will take place in.

Some PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as disposable gloves and masks will also be available to use though we do encourage you to bring your own reusable mask if you have one.

To attend this course we will require you to fill in and return a self-declaration health form at least 24 before the event date. We will process this information in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

In the light of revised guidance from the Government and Church of England it is mandatory to wear a face covering in a public space such as a place of worship unless for some reason you are unable to do so.

A full refund will be made should this event need to be cancelled.

If you have any questions about this event please contact Emily Thorne by email