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:
Each Session is a stand alone class and is an introduction to the style of the day and a mini project.
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.
A wonderful teacher who is passionate about the craft of calligraphy and very motivational, encouraging and kind. The basics are taught at your pace, with no judgement, just helpful guidance. A relaxed environment with like-minded people. Very good value for money with all the basic tools provided to you, and an exceptional teacher who is not only wonderful at her craft but excellent at teaching. Perfect for anyone interested in learning the foundations of calligraphy, whether a complete beginner or looking to improve their current lettering practise.