ARLIS/NA New York Presents Illuminated Manuscripts with Rebecca Allan

Save the date for a special one-day workshop on Saturday, August 20th, with artist, Rebecca Allan, that introduces the materials and techniques of Medieval manuscript illumination with a special emphasis on the Lindesfarne Gospels.

Following an introductory lecture and demonstration, the scribes (participants) will create a single uncial (capital) letter, embellished with gold leaf and egg tempera illumination with luminous, historic pigments.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants and the fee is $40.  It's a unique chance to immerse yourself in materials and get creative with you fellow ARLIS colleagues.


EGG YOLK and GOLD LEAF: Making a Medieval Illuminated Letter
Saturday, August 20th, 10 am to 4 pm
with Rebecca Allan

Part 1: Lecture/Overview

  • Materials and Techniques of Medieval Manuscript Illumination

Part 2: Demonstration and Hands-On Practice

  • Understanding Parchment and Vellum | Choosing a Letter and Transferring a Drawing
  • Preparing the Egg Yolk | Mixing Colors | Applying Gold Leaf and Squirrel Hair Brushes

 Register here! 


About the instructor

Rebecca Allan, MFA is a New York-based artist, educator, and writer known for her richly layered abstract paintings. Allan works from a studio that overlooks the Spuyten Duyvil, the confluence of the Harlem and Hudson Rivers in The Bronx. Exhibiting in the United States and abroad for more than 25 years, Allan has had forty solo and twenty-three group exhibitions since 1985. From 2006-2014 she was Director of Public Programs and Education at the Bard Graduate Center.