Silverpoint Drawing Demonstration & Discussion
Silverpoint, a drawing medium used by the Old Masters, is enjoying a revival by artists today. A holder containing a pointed sterling silver jewelry wire is drawn over a specially prepared paper resulting in delicate, pale gray lines which tarnish over time to golden browns. Drawings have an ephemeral glow due to thin layers of silver reflecting light.
An exhibition of Kathie Miranda's silverpoint artwork will be on view at the Cheshire Library from December 2 - 28, so tonight's program will begin with an artist gallery talk. Kathie will present a brief history of silverpoint drawings through the ages as well as the many ways silverpoint is being used today. Highlighting examples in the exhibition, learn how simple silverpoint materials - supports (paper, panels) and grounds (white paint, gesso) - work in combination to produce a variety of different effects.
Kathie will then demonstrate how to prepare paper to receive silverpoint strokes. A slightly abrasive surface is required in order for the silver to leave marks on the paper. Learn how to draw with silverpoint in traditional and non-traditional ways as well as options to enhance the design with additions of color.Kathie Miranda is a contemporary botanical artist who graduated from Pace University, with further studies at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and Paier College of Art. She is the former coordinator of the Botanical Art program at the New York Botanical Garden and past-president of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Greater New York Chapter. She exhibits regularly with the Spring Bull Gallery (SBG), Newport, RI; American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA); Connecticut Watercolor Society; and the Colored Pencil Society of America. Recent exhibits include Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum, St. Louis, MO; the West Gallery of the National Botanic Garden, Washington, DC; and The Silpe Gallery, Hartford, CT. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Anne Marie Carney Award (ASBA) and Best in Show, Magic of Colored Pencil, (SBG).