ONLINE Celtic Knots Unravelled (re-run) - Starts Tues 28th March 2023 at 2pm
Due to the interactive nature of this workshop, we would encourage students to participate live and work along with Cheryl, if possible.
A video playback service will still be provided to all students for 60 days.
Please note that the follow up session is not recorded.
Tutor: Cheryl Tefft
Tues 28th March 2pm - 4pm workshop demo
Tues 4th April 2pm - 4pm workshop demo
Tues 18th April 2pm - 4pm workshop demo
Tues 25th April 2pm - 4pm workshop demo
Tues 2nd May 7pm - 8pm feedback & follow up session*
(there is no class on Tues 11th April)
This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for beginners - no experience necessary! This is a work-along workshop and so we would encourage students to have their materials to hand, ready to participate live during the class.
Have you ever wondered how those lovely, convoluted patterns of Celtic knots are made? Or do you understand the basics and now want to dig deeper? The process is actually fairly straightforward, and in this class, you’ll discover the secrets to tying and untying those knots easily!
We will start from scratch, so NO previous experience is required. We begin by learning how to draw Celtic knots based on a simple grid. Once you have a grasp on that process, we will build on what you have learned so far and continue on to cover more involved types of Celtic knots, such as double-ribbon knots, the Celtic cross, and a series of linked hearts. We will also learn to draw Celtic knots on a curve, leading to drawing the triquetra design, letters incorporating Celtic knots, and other variations and more complex shapes. Along the way we will discuss options for adding colour to your Celtic knots and turning them into finished projects.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- How to create (from scratch) a variety of standard types of structured Celtic knots, both historical and more contemporary. Includes options for individual modifications, and recommendations for developing into a finished piece and adding colour.
- Some of the types of knots/designs you will learn to draw include:
- Basic grid-based Celtic knots
- Split-strand (a.k.a. double-strand or double-ribbon) Celtic knots
- Celtic crosses
- Linked-heart knots
- Celtic knot frames
- Celtic knots in a circle
- Triquetra knots
- Letters incorporating Celtic knots
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- Pencil (mechanical, or with sharpener)
- Eraser--a click-style white eraser is suggested, such as the Pentel Clic Eraser; a small, very precise eraser such as the Tombow Mono Zero can also be very helpful
- Pigma Micron fine-point marker, black, size 01 recommended (any similar type of pen is acceptable, as long as it has non-bleeding ink [preferably waterproof ink] and a very fine point)
- Grid paper; almost any kind will do; recommend that the squares be no larger than approximately 5 mm (¼ inch)
- Ruler (any kind)
- A few coloured pencils, in colours of your choice (bright colours suggested)
- A few pieces of plain blank letter-size paper (nothing fancy; copier paper is fine)
Optional yet recommended items:(mostly needed for creating finished projects)
- A few pieces of smooth white or off-white watercolour paper (such as Arches Hot Press or Strathmore), letter-size paper (A4 size or 8-½ x 11”) is plenty large enough for now
- Light pad (or light box, the older version); this is highly recommended for this class, as it makes doing finished projects MUCH easier and gives better results, but you can use a window with daylight coming through it as a substitute.
- Painter’s tape/artist’s tape or other low-tack tape
- Watercolours (any type you like) and/or coloured pencils and/or watercolour pencils (it’s helpful to have a couple of bright coloured pencils available during class, to test out adding colour to your designs as a reminder for later; watercolours are ideal for finished projects, and watercolour pencils are a nice hybrid between the other two options)
- Small round (pointed) brush suitable for watercolours (only needed if using watercolours or watercolour pencils)--about a size 0 or smaller is suggested (the 000 size is a favourite)
- Rinse water, with container (only needed if using watercolours or watercolour pencils)
- Drawing pencil (mechanical or with sharpener) in a medium to slightly soft hardness, such as HB, B, or 2B; this is for additional shading if desired, particularly if not using colours
- Bow compass (optional but highly recommended; you can certainly draw the arcs freehand but this is more precise and also much easier)—the preferred type of bow compass can hold a pencil point on one of the two legs AND has a small wheel which is turned to change the distance between the legs.
- Protractor; generally only needed if you want a circular Celtic knot pattern with different spacing than the templates offered in the handouts for this class
Optional items: (in the “nice but not necessary” category)
- Larger-sized black Pigma Micron pen (or similar), for colouring in larger areas with matching ink
- Other colours of Pigma Micron (or similar) pens, size 01 suggested (similar sizes are acceptable, such as 005 or 02)
Links to suppliers
Cheryl's recommended US-based suppliers are:
All Ardington ONLINE classes and talks are accompanied by their own online blackboard. Helpful and easy to use, they enable students and tutors to share resources, ideas and photos with each other – just as you would in a classroom environment.
Cheryl will offer critique / feedback via the blackboard for any work uploaded by students throughout the series and within thirty days of the final class ending. You will be sent the link to access your blackboard in the week before your class begins and will have access for at least sixty days after the class ends.
After the live session has finished on Zoom, we will share the link to view the recording on the blackboard. You can watch the recording as many times as you like for sixty days.
*The follow up session is not recorded to ensure that you have an opportunity to share your work with the rest of the class, and receive personal feedback, without feeling self-conscious about being recorded. We would encourage you all to join us live if you can – even if you were signed up as a ‘recording only’ participant for the workshop.