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Decorated Capitals, Text and Pattern

  • Saint Meinrad Archabbey 200 Hill Drive St. Meinrad, IN 47577 USA (map)
Demo of traditonal form, L Doctor

Demo of traditonal form, L Doctor

During this workshop, participants will make decorated capital letters with wide pens, graphite and found objects. Decorated capitals historically allow for personal expression.

Demo with shell by L Doctor

Demo with shell by L Doctor

The examples that will be studied include the Lindisfarne Gospels, The Book of Kells and the more contemporary work of Adolph Bernd. Participants will work with gouache, watercolor, pencil and ink. Each person will make a small handmade book.

Saint Meinrad Archabbey is offering this workshop for the first time. The workshop is limited to 10 participants. The fee is $500, which includes the workshop, room and meals. All rooms are private. A list of artist materials will be sent to the participants beforehand.

To reserve your place at the workshop or for more information, contact Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB, at

Earlier Event: March 18
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Later Event: April 30
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