PLEASE NOTE – This History and Art is only available in Somerset, Wilts, Gloucs and North Devon and we can accommodate only 2 class’s maximum per day.
MEDIEVAL WRITING – A SCRIBE FOR A DAY
Through creative opportunities supporting the curriculum, students will learn about historical writing and how to create their own, whether it is an illuminated letter, a bookmark or a piece of writing to be linked to a particular area of the curriculum. They will learn a new skill that boosts confidence, raises aspirations and enriches the curriculum. The medieval period was undoubtedly a great time in history for artists, for without their talent and skills, these beautiful images would not exist.
A brief introduction to what calligraphy is, how it started, progressed in history and the materials used. During this time in history, very few people could read or write and those who could were usually men of God (notably monks).
Discover who did the writing, their job, the responsibilities of the Scribe and what this entailed. The writing surfaces, pigments used, and where these were sourced will be explored as well as the role of the Illuminator.
Teachers can choose an
ILLUMINATED LETTER/BORDER – This will involve the sequential strokes needed for the construction of the letter. Alison will demonstrate how to add decoration around a letter, including the use of colour and how this affects the letter.
HISTORICAL CALLIGRAPHY, through the various letter strokes and angles. Practise strokes will be made on paper initially by the students, whilst following the rules of angles and component parts of each letter. After sufficient practise strokes have been made, students will be provided with suitably coloured card/paper in order to produce their ‘final piece’ of writing.
The final piece of work can be discussed prior to workshop and tailored to your requirements accordingly.
Portals to the Past are a highly experienced team of history specialists who work with schools and museums throughout most areas of England.
Always a pleasure to have a visit from Portals: It really helps bring the topic to life for the pupils, and inspires them to research and learn more about the period. Thank you again and see you next year. – Westgate Primary, Suffolk
Superb day. Very well thought out, planned and executed. Thoroughly enjoyable and informative. Many Thanks. – Eastcourt Independent School, Essex