event · January 26

Book Arts Workshop: Illuminated Letters

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 108, 1st floor of the Parkway Central Library.


Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 US