Drawing with Silverpoint

Cowdray House

Five Day Workshop: Discover the Classical Art of Silverpoint

Please note: This workshop will take place at Cowdray House.

Silverpoint, along with copper point and gold point, was the main tool for drawing from the 14th century onwards until the development of graphite in the early 19th century. Drawing with metal point is a very different technique to drawing with graphite pencil, it gives the work a luminosity and refinement of line that is unique to this medium.

Students will be taught how to prepare traditional Silverpoint grounds and guided through the stages of Silverpoint, copper point and gold point drawing. This is a wonderful opportunity to discover this extraordinary technique. Students are welcome from all levels of experience, no previous drawing experience is required.


Dr David Cranswick trained at the Royal Academy, London, and has a PhD in traditional painting materials and techniques. David teaches at the Princes School of Traditional Arts as well as universities in Azerbaijan and China. He is artist in residence at Cowdray House.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is now taking place in David’s studio at Cowdray House.  The postcode for Cowdray House is GU29 0AY.

The cost for the five-day workshop is £420 and includes all materials.  (Please note that courses will be confirmed three weeks ahead of the start date).

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