The Graphic Quill

The Graphic Quill

Hampton East, VIC

Italic Calligraphy Workshop

What to Bring

  • Your enthusiasm to learn!
  • Experienced students please bring your usual calligraphy kit, including extras you know and use.
  • A note book for extra incidental tips and techniques
  • A list of simple materials listed available on enrolment

What to Wear

  • Casual (This might get messy)

Appropriate For

  • For enthusiastic calligraphers of pen and brush

Italic Calligraphy Workshop

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • From Sat 29 April to Sat 01 July 2017 at 10am – 4.00pm

What You Will Learn

  • Classic formal italic – establishing the foundations of italic script. AND Italic variations – extending your italic repertoire.
  • An in-depth study to develop alphabet unity, even texture, spacing, rhythm.
  • Learn how to create effective layouts & produce designs with impact

What You Get

  • A kit with all the starter supplies you'll need for the day, this is to keep
  • Booklet containing a comprehensive set of notes & instructions
  • Light refreshments - drinks, tea and chai and snacks
  • Italic workshops have 6 Lessons
  • Individual On-line feedback between classes
  • Pen holder, 2 special quality nibs, Best quality ink and paper, Value $50.00
  • Loads of individual student attention
  • Themed one day workshops covering specific topics building on your skills


Italic – From a formal hand to contemporary variations for All Levels

Introduction to the Italic Hand. Learn an elegant, formal Italic hand using the historic Cataneo Manuscript as a model. Create your own personal script style. Lessons are based on exemplars written by Bernadino Cataneo from a Copy Book which was printed about 1545AD. This austere hand known also as Chancery Cursive, is the model for the Italic hand in use today.

Students will first learn the minuscules or small letters and how to develop consistant letter shapes and word flow. From there you will learn how to form the captial letters (Majuscules) based on Roman Capitals. Then how to capture rhythm and energy through the addition of flourishes. How to mix and use colour, variations in size and style to enhance your layouts. Students will be introduced to many varied materials such as inks, gouache, nibs, papers and how techniques to use them successfully to create small artworks, posters and greeting cards.

Six weeks of one day classes scheduled every second week. Each student will receive extra on-line feedback between each class. 

Cost: $495 for entire course - 6 hours per session  or $90.00 per day

Students may choose to attend parts of the course if they have established italic skills.

 From 29 April to Sat 01 July 2017 (10 am – 4.00pm)

Themes for each workshop are:

  • Sat 29 April: Italic– Establishing the essence of the form – Session One
  • Sat 13 May: Developing letter and word flow – Session Two
  • Sat 27 May: Introducing contemporary variations to formal minuscule.
  • Sat 03 June: Introduction to capitals based on the Roman form
  • Sat 17 June: Capture rhythm and energy through flourishes
  • Sat 18 July: Using colour, size & style variation to enhance your layouts

Students with Italic Experience may join the course for any one day themed class.


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