This workshop was a lot of fun! Coming off the energy of the AIA/APA Meetings in Seattle and the holidays, everyone was eager and in good spirits! This workshop was hosted by the Greek and Roman Studies Department at the University of Victoria and I am extremely thankful to Dr. Brendan Burke, the Chair of the Department, for organising such a successful event! And to Dr. Genevieve Hill, a fellow archaeologist and illustrator, for helping me field questions and take awesome photographs!!
Full to capacity at 20 students - there were a variety of interests in the room! Students from Greek and Roman Studies, Anthropology, and Art History. The workshop began with a brief introduction to Archaeological Illustration and why it is so important to draw artifacts and what information can be conveyed in a drawing. All types of illustrations were discussed with an emphasis on artifacts. Then the real fun started! drawing sherds that I brought along from a previous pot breaking experiment!
The students worked with sherds to discover their diagnostic features, stance, and diameter. Tools available included profile guages, calipers, diameter charts, stainless steel rulers and 0.5 led pencils. And the anthropology students brought along some animal bone samples to draw! Everyone got to draw several things and brought home a folder of goodies, a certificate of completion, and their own pencil :)