Six Week Celtic Knotwork Drawing Course

Next course date:
This course will be back next year.
In the meantime, I hold regular Introduction to Celtic Knotwork workshops.

This six week Celtic knotwork drawing course will take you from beginners Celtic knotwork to a more advanced level. I will take you step-by-step through the process and will give you plenty of hints and tips along the way to expand on your Celtic knotwork as you progress through the course.

The course will take place over six consecutive Saturday afternoons starting from 2nd September. Please make sure you are available for each of the sessions. This course will need at least two people booked on in order for it to go ahead.

The course will comprise of the following:
Week 1 – 2 September: Introduction to Celtic knotwork and to some of the main scholars of the artform. Learning the rules and how to draw basic, plain knotwork.
Week 2 – 9 September: Learn how to create more intricate knots using break lines. At the end of this session you should be able to recreate one of the recurring motifs found in the Lindisfarne Gospels.
Week 3 – 16 September: Learn how to create borders and Celtic crosses. We will also look at how to use diagonal break lines.
Week 4 – 23 September: Learn how to create triquetras and spirals. We will also look at how to combine these to create six sided triquetras and triskelions.
Week 5 – 30 September: Circular Celtic knots. Take your knotwork to the next level and learn how to create knots in the round.
Week 6 – 7 October: Using the skills you have learned, you will start work on creating your own larger piece of Celtic knot artwork, with me there to guide you. You will lay the grid out during this lesson, ready for you to colour and complete at home.

In the video below, you can see examples of what previous students created in each week of the course.

The aim of the course is to keep alive the geometric skills and intricate work of the stonemasons and scribes that form our insular Celtic and Pictish knotwork heritage and to pass these skills on to others.

You will learn how to create your own Celtic knotwork pieces inspired by the artwork of the ancient scribes and stonemasons.

Celtic knotwork is also beneficial for improving problem solving, mental agility and hand-eye co-ordination.

All tools and materials are provided. There will also be plenty of hot drinks and light refreshments.

Please note: my workshop has to be accessed by stairs.

About your tutor:
I am a Celtic knotwork artist based in County Durham. I have been drawing Celtic knotwork for nearly 20 years and have published two Celtic Knotwork Colouring Books. My work has been exhibited in various venues around north east England and overseas. You can see more of my work at and on Instagram at @dendryad

Celtic knotwork created by a previous student on this course
Celtic knotwork created by a previous student on this course
Celtic knotwork created by a previous student on this course
Celtic knotwork created by a previous student on this course