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 admirers of beautiful letters, beginners and experienced calligraphers of pen and brush, tattoo artists etc.

Italic Calligraphy Workshop

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • From Sat 12 August to Sat 30 September 2017 at 10am – 4.00pm

What You Will Learn

  • Classic formal italic – establishing the foundations of italic script.
  • Step-by-Step techniques will be taught on how to make an interesting composition and create finished projects.
  • Learn Italic variations – compression, expansion. How to add swashes and draw flourishes as separate designs.

What You Get

  • Booklet containing a comprehensive set of notes & instructions
  • Each one-day workshop is themed, each lesson covering a specific topic aimed to build your skills
  • Full course students all receive a starter kit PLUS extra nib to keep. PLUS colours & tools & much more to use during the course. Value $60.00
  • Full course students all receive Individual On-line feedback between classes
  • Italic workshops have 6 themed Lessons and a mini project
  • Loads of individual student attention
  • Access to a large reference library for inspiration and ideas
  • Light refreshments - drinks, tea and chai and snacks
  • One-Day students receive starter kit with all the supplies you'll need for the day, this is to keep. Value $30.00


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. Learning from historic forms will serve as a springboard for an exploration of modernised letter forms and expressive scripts.

Students will first learn the minuscules or small letters and how to develop consistent letter shapes and word flow. From there you will learn how to form the capital 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, special papers and techniques to use them successfully. Step-by-Step techniques will be taught on how to make an interesting composition. Learn create small artwork projects.

Six weeks of one day themed workshops.  Each lesson includes extra pen skills, a layout technique and a mini project.

Cost: $495 for entire course - 6 hours per session  or $100.00 per day incl materials

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

Saturdays from 12 August to 30 September 2017 (10 am – 4.00pm)

Themes for each workshop are:

  • Sat 12 August: Italic script lowercase, establish all strokes, form & shape
  • Sat 19 August: - Develop regular letter and word spacing, how to rule up lines and experiment with line spacing.
  • Sat 26 August: Italic Capitals - Two variations of caps. How energise capitals through the addition of swashes and flourishing.
  • Sat 09 September: Contemporary italic variations. Create compressed & stretched forms. How to make a simple layout.
  • Sat 23 September: Using contrasts: colour, size, weight & style variation and combining them to enhance a simple layout.
  • Sat 30 September: Create textures, changes to slope and letter widths and heights. Make a more interesting composition.

Students with Italic Experience may join the course for any one-day themed class. Your current italic skills will serve as a springboard for an exploration of modernised letter forms and expressive scripts.


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