Whether you’re a graphic designer, artist, typographer or just like learning new things, this 3 hour workshop with calligraphic aficionada Maria Montes will deepen your understanding of the art of Calligraphy, covering everything from the origins and evolution of the different styles, through to how it can be used in a contemporary context, through to what materials you’ll need and how to use them.
In the first part of the class you’ll gain an understanding of 6 calligraphy scripts in a historical context as well as examples of contemporary applications. Learn the origins and evolution of Roman Capitals, Carolingian, Fraktur, Italic and Copperplate styles. Maria will give you an overview of the nibs, inks and paper used on each calligraphy style, using examples of her own personal artworks to talk you through the process involved.
The second part of the class is hands-on practice – using bamboo pens and walnut ink you’ll learn Neuland calligraphy based on the typeface with the same name designed by Rudolph Koch in 1923. Maria will show you how to cut your own bamboo pen and build a simple reservoir to obtain larger strokes.
Come with a word of sentence to create your own calligraphy piece!
I learned calligraphy for the first time in 1996. After a long break working as a full time Graphic Designer, I went back to study calligraphy, typography and type design in Barcelona and New York City.
All my lettering projects start with my own calligraphy as a base. Writing letters teaches me how to look at letterforms and understand its rhythm and contrast.
My work is generally intricate: typography and colour play an important role in my design approach. You can have a look at my website for several examples of my work and also read an extensive biography about my professional trajectory in the about section.