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Playing the Pipes: Musical Animals from Medieval Manuscripts

December 3, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Debbie Thompson Wilson workshop. On the left artwork of cat playing the bagpipes. On the right white writing.

Join us for a workshop with Debbie Thompson Wilson! “Playing the Pipes” celebrates the whimsical animals and creatures pictured playing bagpipes in the margins of medieval manuscripts. Paint a small image adapted from medieval illuminations, using real gold leaf, watercolour, and ink. There will be a choice of subjects to paint; among them will be a cat, a fox and a gryphon.

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Some watercolour experience is required.

Materials to bring to class:

  • watercolours
  • palette or plate for mixing colours
  • small watercolour brushes (Size 1 or smaller)
  • paper towel
  • water container (small yogurt cup ideal)
  • 4B or 5B pencil
  • kneaded eraser
  • X-acto knife with #11 blade
  • Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen (black size XS) or Prismacolour Premier ink pen (sepia..size 005) (available at Wyndham Art Supply, Michaels)
  • ruler
  • sharp, clean Scissors

Supplies provided for $15 supply fee (payable in class to Debbie, cash only):

  • watercolour paper
  • 1 watercolour brush
  • gold leaf and gilding medium
  • misc. supplies
  • handouts

Please note: There will be a lunch break during the workshop. Participants may bring a bagged lunch or leave the museum to go get lunch in the area.

About Debbie:

Debbie Thompson Wilson has a BA in Fine Art and has been teaching the methods of medieval manuscript illumination for over 20 years. She exhibits her miniatures (based on on original 10-16th century manuscripts) on the annual Guelph Studio Tour and has taught many workshops throughout BC, Alberta and Ontario. There is great joy in small things!


December 3, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Guelph Museums


Guelph Civic Museum
52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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