Festina Lente - Richard Leray
Illuminator and Colourist
16, allée Ste Catherine - 49590 Fontevraud
l’Abbaye - France
Phone / Fax : 00.33.(0) 241 381 569
INTRODUCTION TO ILLUMINATION FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN
Programs are adapted to the children’s age and the number of students.
Illumination is basically the marriage of text and image.
Complexity is age-appropriate.
Rediscovery of writing
The letter, a playful tool, source and object
of communication, of history and of fantasy.
How is a letter constructed, what allows us to transform it, to decorate
it in delightful fashion, to make it enrich or illustrate a text or a
The letter, a name, a sound, a form :
Creation of stories or poems where the letters
or the words are the characters and the heroes. We can play with the repetition
of a letter or a sound, for instance, starting from a plot chosen with
the children. Our work may end with the story being set up for printing.
Illumination: the marriage of text and
A story to be realized in illuminated pages will
be chosen. We will consider different ways to tie together text and image.
What images and what parts of the text should be selected ?
How much relative importance should be accorded to these elements ?
How should they be organized on a page or pages ?
Introduction to letter design.
Work on the colors.
Creation of a prototype before the real thing.
During the work, stress is laid on the qualities necessary to do good
illumination: patience, care, neatness…
The class starts with a short history of illumination and its relevance
in today’s world.
COST : 140
euros + tax for a morning or afternoon session - ( there is a minimum
number of students required per class) - 280 euros + tax for an all-day
session. Tax is 19.6%
If you’re staying more than 15 kilometers (10 miles) from Fontevraud,
please figure 0,50 euros + tax per kilometer outside the village for transport.
Depth of study will depend on the number of sessions, the degree of completeness
the works will be brought to, whether older students will paint a page
with a brush or create calligraphy with a pen (prior introduction required).
NECESSARY MATERIAL FOR INTRODUCTION TO
ILLUMINATION: per person
3-hour Session :
30-centimeter ruler- Compasses - Square – White eraser – 2H
pencil – Colored pencils and fine-tipped felt pens.
Blackboard and white, blue, red and green chalk or whiteboard and appropriate
black, red, green and blue markers.
The board should be large enough to be seen by everyone.
Before the session starts, each child or adult should draw up a three-to-ten-line
story of his or her choice.
5 sheets of white xerox paper (format A4) - 2 pieces of high-quality,
cream-colored paper of the same format or bigger for adults (15 years
One-day Session :
Same as above + fine-tipped pen (the brand should be Sergent Major - metal-tipped,
fine-point pens for dipping) – A pen-holder
Black, green, red, blue inks and little glass or plastic pots to hold
Rag – Blotting paper – Smock or some kind of protective clothing
for the little ones.