Silverpoint Workshop with artist Sarah Bennett
Fri, 25th Jan, 2019 at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm£20
Join renowned artist Sarah Bennett for a silverpoint workshop at Hestercombe on Friday 25 January 2019.
Materials will be provided. Spaces are limited so early booking is advised.
Sarah is one of three artists featured in Hestercombe Gallery’s exhibition, Materiality: provisional states.
Inspired by the surroundings of Hestercombe, this exhibition showcases the work of artists Sarah Bennett, Megan Calver and Philippa Lawrence who have been directly engaged with us over three years. Collectively interested in issues related to labour and the management of landscape and nature, the exhibition aims to examine and critique human and non-human centred activity found in Hestercombe’s past and present.
A silverpoint drawing is made by dragging a silver rod or wire across a surface, often prepared with gesso or primer. Silverpoint is one of several types of metalpoint used by scribes, craftsmen and artists since ancient times. Metalpoint styli were used for writing on soft surfaces (wax or bark), ruling and underdrawing on parchment, and drawing on prepared paper and panel supports. For drawing purposes, the essential metals used were lead, tin and silver. The softness of these metals made them effective drawing instruments. (Watrous, 1957) Goldsmiths also used metalpoint drawings to prepare their detailed, meticulous designs. Albrecht Dürer’s father was one such craftsman who later taught his young son to draw in metalpoint, to such good effect that his 1484 Self-Portrait at the Age of 13 is still considered a masterpiece.