Hands-on Calligraphy Workshop: Medieval Celtic Uncial Script

Date / Time

  • October 1, 2023
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

Sponsored by Eleanor and Peter Nalle


  • This is an in-person program held at the Rosenbach. Please check your spam folder for your email confirmation. If you have questions, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].
  • $35 general public | $17.50 members
  • Registration opens for Delancey Society members on Wednesday, August 16, for Rosenbach members on Wednesday, August 23, and for the general public on Wednesday, August 30.



Transport yourself to the monasteries of early medieval Ireland by means of the remarkable, centuries-old tradition of calligraphy closely associated with the Emerald Isle through such artifacts as the Book of Kells. In this two-hour, immersive, hands-on workshop, the distinguished local Irish-American calligrapher and manuscript illuminator Susan Kelly vonMedicus will introduce you to the Irish manuscript heritage and teach you the Uncial script, found in the Book of Kells and other early Irish manuscripts. By the end of the two-hour course, you will possess foundational ability in using the Uncial alphabet and have gained experience assembling words and sentences using the script. The course fee includes supplies such as paper, a calligrapher’s pen, ink, and reference materials that you can take home following the workshop.  

This is an introductory workshop, and all are welcome to participate regardless of prior experience with calligraphy.  

This program is the first in a series of hands-on workshops exploring calligraphy traditions from around the world.   

About the Instructor

Susan vonMedicus is an artist, specializing in the sacred arts. Her work is in private and public collections internationally. Ms. vonMedicus teaches studio art at Villanova University and private workshops for the Prosopon School of Iconology. She was awarded the 2018 Tolle Lege Medal for excellence in teaching by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. Fascinated by the Irish manuscript tradition, in 2013 she completed a residency at Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughn, Ireland, followed by a 2015 residency at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco.