Class Description:

This workshop will explain and explore the history and application of silverpoint over the centuries, laying bare all aspects of a contemporary silverpoint practice.

Some of the greatest drawings in history were made with silverpoint. This magical medium has been used for over 500 years to create figure drawings, landscapes, portraits, still-life, and even abstract expressionist artworks. It was favored by Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, and Rembrandt as both a linear and tonal medium. It is uniquely delicate, yet paradoxically: so very durable. It allows for a huge range of tonal mark-making (you can literally draw with forks and spoons) and it ‘changes color’ over time, further adding to it’s mystique!

Workshop Dates:

Scheduled occurrences for the next session of this class are as follows:

Day 1:
10 am - 5 pm ET
Day 2:
10 am - 5 pm ET

  1. Before Class - Welcome & How to Prepare for Class

  2. Day 1 - The History of Silverpoint

  3. Day 2 - Silverpoint Techniques

  4. After Class - Wrap Up

  • $245.00
  • In-Person
  • 2 Days
  • Beginner to Advanced

Meet Your Instructor

Philip Padwe


Philip Eliot Padwe is a Manhattan based artist and Art Director. He received his BA from SUNY Purchase and worked as a night guard at The Metropolitan Museum of Art while writing and illustrating “the hipster classic” Mommy Has A Tattoo. Following a two-year Independent Study of Old Master drawings at The British Museum in 2014-2015, Padwe moved back to NYC and earned his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He’s exhibited his silverpoint drawings in group shows and had his portraiture appear in The New York Times; also wrote and illustrated Daddy Has A Tattoo and The Tattoo Coloring Books; and taught drawing at New York Academy of Art, and the Art Students League of New York.

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Join us to discover traditional skills and contemporary practice