Introduction to Metalpoint Drawing

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Instructors: Banjie Getsinger Nicholas
Date: Sat & Sun, May 11-12, 10am-3pm
Price: 200-
Material Fee: 10-

Description:  Many of us have seen the delicate drawings of Renaissance masters on softly tinted backgrounds and assumed they were done in graphite. In fact they were usually metalpoint drawings, most commonly silverpoint, and preceded the use of graphite as a drawing medium by several centuries. 

Metalpoint drawing is experiencing a resurgence in popularity in recent times, benefitting from the internet and social media connecting artists attracted to ancient mediums and processes. 

In this two day hands-on workshop we will explore optimal subject matter, techniques in mark making, and prepare a variety of grounds, white and tinted. We will experiment with silver, gold and copper but will work on finished drawings in silverpoint, revered for its luminous glow and gradual oxidization to a characteristic warm tone.  No experience is necessary but a love of drawing is essential.

Bio - Banjie Getsinger Nicholas lived much of her life in rural northwest Connecticut until moving to Port Clyde, Maine where she has summered and vacationed since her teenage years. Nature has been the strongest influence in her life and art since early childhood. Her years of observation of birds, plants and insects formed the foundation of what excites her as an artist today. This excitement has been rejuvenated by the move to coastal Maine and a whole new world of exploration.  

Egg tempera painting and silverpoint drawing are her chosen mediums for interpreting the great strength and fragility of the natural world as she sees it. Banjie’s egg tempera paintings and silverpoint drawings are created on a traditional gesso ground made from rabbit skin glue and marble dust. These medieval materials combined with mixing her paint from dry pigments and fresh egg yolk, enhance her engagement with the process behind the work. 

Banjie is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has earned certificates in Botanical and Natural Science Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden. She has taught botanical painting and drawing, silverpoint, egg tempera painting and an ongoing weekly class, The Naturalist’s Studio. She is the author and illustrator of a book on silverpoint drawing for beginners titled Silver Linings.

Materials students should bring:  Pictures of subject matter they would enjoy drawing. These should be small (no larger than 5 x 7), monochromatic and may be taken from other sources or be the students own creation. 

Materials instructor will provide: I will provide all necessary materials and a metal point stylus for each students' use during the class. 

Workshop:  200-  

Materials Fee:  10-

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