NESBA sponsored workshop, 'Botanical Patterns in Silverpoint & Pastel Dust' with Kathie Miranda

Kathie Miranda
Before graphite pencils, artists used metal point, a small rod of metal sharpened to a point, to make marks on a prepared surface. Silver is the most popular metal because it produces an extremely delicate pale gray line – perfect for drawing plant life. Silver is easy to apply and will tarnish over time to mellow browns. 
Applying the Ground
The class included discussions of the historical context of silverpoint as well as a survey of the various studio-prepared surfaces used by the Old Masters with a modern twist. We made a paper sampler with different silverpoint grounds using a simple white watercolor paint and a sumptuous Old Masters recipe provided by the instructor.

After discovering the special qualities and challenges of drawing with silver, we added color with pastel dust.

Kathie Miranda is an award-winning botanical artist and educator who recently taught this workshop for the Art League in NYC.She exhibits her work nationally, and is currently researching and illustrating flora of Connecticut for future exhibition and publication. See some of her work on, Gallery/silverpoint.

The workshop was held at the beautiful Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, Massachusetts.

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