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One Day Workshop
Celtic Designs: Trefoils
Learn how to create interlacing triangular designs known as trefoils and methods of linking them together.
Celtic designs are based on much earlier interlacing designs originating thousands of years ago in China, but the Celts took these for their own and modified them to form the designs that we recognise today as distinctively Celtic in such manuscripts as the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Celtic knots are extremely complex, but the methods of producing them are deceptively simple if the rules of construction are followed systematically. We will be looking at trefoils and will produce a variety of drawings using these triangular designs that you will be amazed you’ve completed!
Students to Bring:
- A fine black pen for outlining
- We have various brushes, felt tips, and coloured pencils but feel free to bring any of your own you may want to use
David Nicholls studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford University. He subsequently worked as a freelance illustrator and lettering artist, executing many commissions for Oxford colleges including stone inscriptions. He was instrumental in the setting up of Oxford Scribes in 1983 and is involved with several other calligraphy societies. He has been a teacher of calligraphy, design and general arts subjects in adult education since 1986 and has taught widely at a variety of residential colleges, including Denman College where he has been teaching regularly since 1994.