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Book Arts Workshop: Illuminated Letters

Sat, January 26, 2019 10:00 A.M.
Art Department at Parkway Central Library

Registration for this free workshop opens at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 2

Before the printing press, hand-written manuscript pages were adorned with golden letters, decorative borders, and intricate illustrations. In this workshop, we’ll draw Medieval-style versal letters, “gild” them metallic gouache, and learn to decorate them with decorative borders and background designs that were seen in European manuscripts. No calligraphic experience is necessary for this class. If possible participants should bring a 2H pencil, a small pointed synthetic brush (size 0 or 1), and a black Pigma Micron pen in size 01.

Meg Kennedy is a book artist and professional calligrapher who lives and works in Wynnewood, PA. She often uses medieval illuminations as inspiration in designing commemorative and award documents that are commissioned by academic institutions and corporate organizations. Samples of her work can be seen at

This free workshop will take place 10 AM - 1 PM in Room 405, 4th floor of the Parkway Central Library.

The Art Department partners with the Philadelphia Center for the Book to bring free book arts workshops to Parkway Central every month from September to May. Space in these popular classes is limited; registration for this class will open on January 2nd, 2019 at noon and is required to attend:

Those interested in receiving notification when workshop registration opens of may wish to join the mailing list on the Philadelphia Center for the Book's website, join the Philadelphia Center for the Book as a member for access to additional classes or email


Art Department
Room 208

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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