An Erie Artisan, Necole Witcher, explores how location shapes culture through art, research and conversation.

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Classes

Interested in using a letterpress? Curious how medieval artists used gold in their work? Sign up for updates below to see when classes are offered. Classes are held at the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY.

Intro to Letterpress Printing

Saturdays July 20th & 27th OR Saturdays August 17th & 24th

11:00am – 2:00pm

The Roycroft was founded on the creation of printing pamphlets and beautiful books. In this introduction workshop, students will gain a basic history of letterpress printing, with highlights on Arts & Crafts individuals such as Ruskin, Morris and Hubbard. Printing vocabulary will be taught so that students can identify key components of a platen press and the tools used to prep a chase, such as quoin, reglets, slugs, pica, etc. Participants will take a quote of their choosing and learn how to hand-set type on a composing stick, transfer it to a chase and lock it up for printing. From there students will set their locked chase in position on the press and make multiple prints.

Supplies include all materials needed to make multiple copies of their typeset quote. The tools provided during the class project; type, chase, etc. will remain the property of the Campus. Students are asked to bring a quote of no more than two lines to the first class or they can choose from a variety of Hubbard quotes. You are also highly recommended to bring magnification glasses if needed, and to wear appropriate clothing while working with ink and mineral spirits.

Class Tuition $80 + $10 Supplies =

Total Cost – $90

Registration is required, and seating is limited (Max. of 4 students)

To register please call the Roycroft Copper Shop at 716-655-0261 or visit www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com

Roycroft Copper Shop Gallery – 31 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY 14052

Basic Gold Leaf Illumination

Saturday August 3rd

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The class will explore a basic history of the art of illumination including its origin and a few example codices (early forms of books) from different periods. Students will learn basic watercolor painting skills along with the technique of applying gold leaf. You will create a facsimile or emulation of a portion of the dedication page from the Morilasée Bible, Blanche of Castile, King Louis IX, or the scribe or the artist. You will use composition gold leaf, and watercolor on 140 lb watercolor paper. The outlines will be done in advance so that students can focus on the gold leaf and watercolor. No prior experience required. This is a great beginner class to learn this age old art, which the Roycrofters used in their own books.

Supplies include all materials needed to make an illumination including composition gold foil, watercolor, paintbrushes, water-dishes, blotting material, and prepped watercolor paper. The tools provided during the class project will remain the property of the instructor. Students are highly recommended to bring magnification (reading) glasses if needed. Lunch is not supplied so please feel free to bring a bagged lunch, or something to snack on.

Class Tuition $40 + $5 Supplies =

Total Cost – $45

Registration is required, and seating is limited (Max. of 7 students)

To register please call the Roycroft Copper Shop at 716-655-0261 or visit www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com

Roycroft Copper Shop Gallery – 31 South Grove St. East Aurora, NY 14052

Rotating Classes Include: 

  • Basic gold leaf illumination
  • Gold leaf compass rose
  • Illuminated Initial Letter
  • Botanical borders
  • Insular (Celtic) Illumination
  • Introduction to Letterpress
  • Letterpress II
  • Medieval Illumination (a complement to basic gold leaf)

Thoughts from past participants.

Necole’s classes are full of history and fun. Gold leaf is everywhere and I love my finished piece.

~Erin, Buffalo NY

I decided to take a Roycroft class and Intro. to Gold Leaf looked interesting. I enjoyed making a piece based on a 13th century Bible dedication page and had can’t wait for more classes.

~Jacob, Boston MA

Designing a Windrose
Applying gold leaf

Reviews

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About Necole

Who are the Beings that shape a place and how do we interact with them? Necole explores these questions through art and action. Growing up in the woods she knows its landscape has a lot more to offer than lumber and lengthy commutes. She studies, paints and communes with many versions of Western New York trying to derive its essence. When she is not in the woods or city sketching, she’s at the Print Shop at the Roycroft Campus.

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