It’s a Demo Day at the Allan Macpherson House & Park in Napanee!  On July 11th at 2pm join Amanda West Lewis, who will be demonstrating and facilitating a free workshop on Illuminated Letters.  All ages are welcome to participate in the workshop. 

The “Illuminated Letters” workshop focuses on recreating 15th century letter shapes that were used in manuscripts during the Italian Renaissance. Before the invention of the computer, these letters were used widely in Europe and North America for important documents, books, signs and artwork. Participants will learn how to draw these Versal letters (literally, the letters that start a new verse) and explore how to make vine illuminations to decorate their work. Drawing Illuminated Letters gives you a whole new way to appreciate visual language and meaning, as well as to develop a love and passion for written language. 

Admission is free! Demo Days take place Tuesday and Thursdays in July and August under the event tent, in the gardens of the Macpherson House. For more information, call 613-354-3027.

About the Presenter:

Amanda West Lewis is dedicated to words. How words sound, how they look, what they mean. Words on the page, and words on the stage. She combines careers as a writer, theatre artist and calligrapher.

In her calligraphy and book art, Amanda specializes in exploring the interface between words, letter shapes, and thoughts. Her work explores the sculptural possibilities of books and meaning. She has written four books for children on letter arts including Writing: A Fact and Fun Book; Lettering; Making Memory Books; and The Jumbo Book of Paper Crafts. Amanda has published two historical novels for young adults: September 17; and The Pact. September 17 was nominated for The Silver Birch Award. The Pact was listed as a 2017 USBBY (U.S. Best Books for Youth) Outstanding International book. She is currently working on a new novel about youth activism in 1968.

Amanda is the Artistic Director and Founder of The Ottawa Children’s Theatre, an organization dedicated to drama and arts education. Over the years, she has directed and adapted numerous theatre productions, and was co-producer of the premiere production of Up to Low.  Amanda shares her love of words by presenting workshops in theatre, writing and calligraphy to children, youth and adults. She lives and works in the woods outside of Perth, Ontario, with her husband, writer Tim Wynne-Jones.