Work of Students of the Thomas More College’s Guild of St Luke

by David Clayton on March 25, 2014

IMAG0415Gothic illumination in the style of the School of St Albans. 

This past week the Guild of St Luke offered an four-day intensive class in gothic illumination. Learning the 13th century style of the English ‘School of St Albans’, students had a choice of four images from the Westminster Psalter. Mr David Clayton, Thomas More College’s Artist-in-Residence guided in drawing the image and then coloring using the traditional technique of egg tempera. The class consisted of both undergraduates from the college – who sacrificed their spring break to attend the class and were allowed to attend for no tuition fee – and a number of people from outside the college.
Patrick Gall, from Virginia is a high school senior and is going to study animation at the prestigious Toronto Film School. ‘quote to come’
This is a foretaste of the class to be offered in the Thomas More College Summer Program, for more details go to
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jeanette March 27, 2014 at 4:58 am

Hi David,
I was wondering how courses of these types might be introduced into Schools and colleges in England? It seems that education in America is more receptive to this. Seeing Joe Pearce giving a Catholic writers talk made me think how much my daughter would have loved to attend this; her school Friends are very influenced by ideologies other than Catholicism. It woudl be great to be able to get young people over here excited about their faith again. Is it a case of whether the Head master or principal is willing – or a case of funding not being available here?


David Clayton March 28, 2014 at 10:55 am

I’m sorry, I don’t know for certain. From recollection difficulty is that everything is very tightly geared to the exams and therefore controlled by the examining board. This means that even art classes are geared towards modern art. The state has a tight control of things


jeanette April 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Ah yes, the state is definitely pulling on the strings of educational establishments here U.K.! Thanks for the reply.


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