Lettering & Calligraphy - All Levels

Lettering & Calligraphy – Formal and Modern Script

This course will introduce students to the traditional forms of a script of your choice. The course will cover script analysis, exploration of different inks, pens and papers. For improvers and advanced students the course will offer a deeper understanding of a script structure, script variations and flourishes to produce a wide range of effects.

Course Content

The course will be started from studying calligraphy tools and materials. There will be exploration of different inks, pens and papers, as well as advice on how to choose the best materials for your own work.

We will look at 4-6 historical handwriting styles during the course and will continue with a deep studying of Roman Capitals. We will focus on spacing and letterform structure.

Upon completion of the first part we will continue with deep analysis of your preferred script. We will focus on understanding the origins of the script and its purpose. Students will analyse the structure of a script, its key characteristics and how it was written. You will produce your own personal alphabet based on your studies, which can be used in your future projects.

Those who would like to improve their skills will be able to focus on weight, height, compression and slope. Variables such as branches and serifs will be examined along with an exploration of the smallest changes that can drastically change the appearance of letterforms. We will practice making the forms regular and fluent, designing the variations by identifying and incorporating your own unique modern style.

During the course, depending on your level and skill, you will be able to complete one of these projects:

handmade card for a special occasion;
a deep analysis of a historical script:
script/rhythm variations in a concertina book;
an ex-libris bookplate;
poetry panel;
decorated/illustrated panel or inspirational art work;
illuminated text page with border;
family tree;
wedding/party stationery;

There will also be a demonstration of correcting mistakes.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will be run under strict social distancing guidelines with smaller class sizes and additional hygiene procedures in place. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

This course is suitable for all who would like to learn new skill of beautiful writing or to improve their calligraphy. The course will also help to develop your creativity and will give you a lot of ideas for future personal projects.

The course is for both beginners and advanced students. Basic knowledge if Italic Hand is desirable, but not essential. Suitable for left and right-handers.

First Class Requirements

If this is your first calligraphy class please bring the below:

Layout/photocopy Paper (A3 size);
Eraser, Ruler 50cm, Pencil;
Notebook to take notes during the course;

Advanced students please bring your standard calligraphy tools.

Some materials will be available for purchase during the course.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is recommended to ensure you benefit fully from the course.

Assessment Methods

Personal feedback and group critiques. Following the successful completion of all Copperplate Course Units, students will receive a certificate.

Further Study Options

You may wish to apply these skills in a graphic design or a fine art direction. Your tutor can discuss with you the various options for progression such as the Access to Art and Design course, the BTEC Foundation Diploma, or one of our many other Drawing and Painting courses.

Additional Information

Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

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