Silverpoint Drawing

In this online class students will learn about the expressive qualities of line drawing through the Renaissance technique of metalpoint drawing. This 13th-century Italian style of drawing was a popular drawing style by many Renaissance artists including Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer. We will cover primarily traditional ways of preparing surfaces and drawing with metalpoint, while also seeing how the methods have evolved throughout history.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

What you will learn:

  • Students will gain confidence in line drawing

  • Students will understand the history of drawing materials starting from the Renaissance

  • Students will learn how to “read” Renaissance drawings with a more inquisitive eye

  • Students will learn Renaissance methods of going from drawing to painting

Required supplies:

  • Hardware: 1.5 quart crock pot, crockpot liner, a couple plastic spoons, mask, sandpaper (320 and 240 grit), plastic measuring cup, plastic whisk (optional), plastic teaspoon measuring spoon (optional)

  • Drawing supplies: ballpoint pen, 5H, 4H, 3H, and B graphite pencils, soft vine charcoal, newsprint paper, drawing board, tape, needle or thumbtack, one soft synthetic flat brush, medium size, one soft synthetic round brush, small size, old rags or paper towels

  • Any of the following materials that can be purchased from Blick have been compiled into a Blick-U list here

  • Silverpoint ground: rabbit skin glue (Blick, 100g from Earth Pigments, or 4 oz container from Natural Pigments), bone ash 325-mesh 500g (Natural Pigments) or marble dust (Blick), zinc white pigment (Blick or Natural Pigments) or titanium white pigment (Blick or Natural Pigments), cretacolor silverpoint stylus (Blick or Amazon) or silverpoint thin, dead-soft (Natural Pigments), ultramarine blue (4oz from Blick or Natural Pigments, or 100g from Earth Pigments) or red pigment (4oz Indian Red from Blick or 100g Red Iron Oxide-B from Earth Pigments)

  • Surfaces: bristol paper 9×12 Vellum (from Blick or Amazon), one of each Blick 6×6 and 9×12 cradled panel or one of each Art Boards 6×6 and 9×12 panel, Yasutomo mineral paper 9×12 (Blick or Amazon)

  • Gouache materials: metal palette knife (I recommend Style 6 from Blick), a small sheet of plexiglass for mixing (I recommend the 12×12, 0.250” thick Acrylic sheet from Blick), Winsor & Newton gum arabic (Blick)