Capturing the light: Session One
Centred on Spanish Renaissance Master Bartolomé Bermejo’s resplendent Saint Michael Triumphs over the Devil, this three-session course examines Bermejo’s masterpiece alongside other paintings, to discover how artists in the collection effectively capture the luminosity and splendour of jewellery through the medium of paint.
Contemporary jewellery designer and maker Melanie Eddy leads a series of practical activities exploring how many of the same techniques are still applied in jewellery rendering and illustration today.
No prior experience is necessary.
To replicate the processes of professional jewellery illustration, you are encouraged to source a small number of materials yourself (specific paintbrushes, pencils and geometry tools). Paper and paints are supplied for the session, and a full material list will be provided upon booking, should you wish to be able to continue your designs at home.
The course begins on Friday evening with an introductory presentation and informal discussion focusing on Bermejo's 'Saint Michael Triumphs over the Devil'.
We are joined by Akemi Herráez Vossbrink, The CEEH Curatorial Fellow in Spanish Paintings and Bélen Cao, Graphic Designer, who will explore the significance of jewellery in the design for the exhibition, Bartolomé Bermejo: Master of the Spanish Renaissance and the depiction of jewels more broadly throughout art history, considering their ability to convey status, tastes or current trends.
A full range of sketching and painting activities take place across the following Saturday and Sunday. See sessions two and three (sessions included in same booking).
Melanie Eddy teaches on the MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, where she additionally runs an Illustration and Design for Jewellery short course. She is a Director of The Association for Contemporary Jewellery and is involved with The Society of Jewellery Historians, having previously served as Reviews Editor on the Editorial Board for 'Jewellery History Today' magazine. Melanie has a London studio based in The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Clerkenwell. Here she combines traditional approaches with new applications, creating sculptural jewellery that uses geometry as a tool to explore the relationship of form to the body.