The Foundations of Calligraphy for Beginners
Historical alphabets modernized using the broad pen
Foundation Hand, Uncial, Gothic, Roman Capitals and Decorated Capitals and Ornamental flourishes.
Learn Composition & layout techniques. An introduction to many materials & tools how to use them all.
Step-by-step projects are included offering an exciting range of challenges drawing on all the skills learned.
Overview of Weekly Workshops:
- Sun 13 August: Foundational – Establishing the Fundamental basics
- Sun 20 August: Foundational – Minuscules, serifs & variations to highly versatile roman minuscules
- Sun 27 August: Uncial – A modern variation of an early historical beauty.
- Sun 10 September: Capitals – Roman Proportions & principles of structure
- Sun 24 September: Black Letter – Gothic Minuscules - Looking at the differences
- Sun 01 October: Gothic Capitals and Decorated Capitals – Historical & modern
Each Session is a stand alone class and is an introduction to the style of the day and a mini project.
- $100.00 per day inc starter kit valued at $30
- $495 for entire 6-week course
Sundays from 13 August to 01 October 2017 10 am – 4.00pm 6 hours per session
Foundations of Calligraphy.
Learn historical alphabets using the broad pen.
Styles included are:
Sun 13 August: Foundational – Establishing the Fundamentals
Sun 20 August: Foundational – Minuscules, additional serifs & variations to the highly versatile roman minuscules
A Roman minuscule, highly versatile. Based on Edward Johnstons teachings. Beginning with an informal running bookhand and then add more formal serifs to expand this style repertoire through historical and contemporary hybrids.
Sun 27 August: Uncial – A modern variation of an early historical beauty
A modern variation of an early historical beauty. Uncials ample rotundity makes for a majestic, contrasting and elaborate hand easy to modernized style.
Sun 10 September: Capitals – Based on Imperial Roman Capitals – Proportions & principles of structure
Arguably the most important hand for any calligrapher to learn. Begin with skeleton letters drawn with pencil then pen & ink. These Roman capital proportions and characteristics are the bedrock for letter variations.
Sun 24 September: Black Letter – Gothic Minuscules
Textural and strikingly graphic. Learn a compressed and simple version of minuscule. Then experiment with wider styles & more ornamental variations. Take brief look at a few of the many historical styles.
Sun 01 October: Gothic Capitals and Ornate Decorated Capitals – Historical & modern
Elaborate and ornate decorative letters with vast possibilities. Learn how decorate with modern ornaments and flourishes. Related to BUT distinctly different from the Roman form.
Duration: 6 Hours per session. 10am- 4pm $100 per session incl materials at $30 value All 6 weekly workshops $495
- Thorough in-depth instruction on creating every letter of each featured alphabet.
- Learn simple layout techniques & how create small designs to impress.
- Learn more by seeing loads of demonstration. And with the small group numbers, get plenty of individual attention.
- Booklet containing a comprehensive set of notes & instructions
- Many extra materials are supplied for use in class including a range different inks, gouache and watercolours,
- Inspiration & shared enthusiasm from your like minded fellow students
- 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
- Expert tuition from an experienced teacher and professional calligrapher!
- Access to a vast library of calligraphy, art, and design reference books
- 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
- Your enthusiasm to learn!
- A note book, folder and sleeves for course exemplars & notes. If experienced bring your fav broad edged pens & materials
Casual (This might get messy)
Enthusiastic lovers of letters either or both in type or drawn, graphic designers, tattooists, graffitti artists & martians.
Vendor sincce 2016
About Me “Lauchean” Your Teacher
Bringing an influence of tradition & craft to the table, I’m essentially a calligrapher, teacher, hand-lettering artist who works with letterforms to create art through design.
I fell in love with calligraphy even before I discovered what it was called.
This love of “Beautiful Writing” lead me to study “Ticket & Show Card Writing”.
A small moment in time that has shaped my life.
I returned to study Art & Design as a mature aged student, then, on winning top folio in the state on Graduation, I landed on my feet as a Graphic Artist in a prestigious Design Studio. Opening THE GRAPHIC QUILL in 1991, specialising in calligraphy and design, my life as a passionate letterer was blossoming.
I was a pioneer at the time and didn’t know it. With no internet and nowhere to look to see what was happening in my field. I was alone, so I made it up as I went. It’s hard to imagine isn’t? There was little to nothing available in individual or “bespoke” design choices for, what I termed “Celebration Stationery”. So I designed my own custom ranges incorporating type and calligraphy and much more.
I was teaching way back in the mid 80’s, at the College of Decoration, now merged with RMIT, at CAE for 10 years and running my own workshops and courses all over Victoria. Calligraphy was booming and I was in my element. Those classes kept me afloat financially and teaching taught me so much about my art.
In time built a business specialising in invitations incorporating Calligraphy and Design. My client list consisted of many top Australian corporate names including Crown Casino, BHP, Australian Grand Prix, Frontier Touring and International Film Makers to name but a few.
Calligraphy is no lost trade or art or craft. The uses for calligraphy and lettering is limited only by your imagination. Therefore the purpose of the work I do is vast.
From one off commissions to written words used for major films and everything in between.
Throughout my career I have continued to study the art of calligraphy. That’s essential as it’s a living and evolving art. Training with “Master Calligraphers” from around the world since my humble beginnings in the early 80’s, I continue to do the same to this day.
To name a few of these International Masters: Shelia Waters, her son Julian, Christopher Haanes, Yves Leterme, Eliza Holliday, Charles Pearce, Thomas Ingmire, Graham McArthur and the list goes on laa la laa. I have traced the auspicious family tree of highly regarded teachers that I have had the honour to study with “write” back through the generations to Edward Johnston who is widely acknowledged for rediscovering my “LOST TRADE”.