Lettering & Calligraphy - Weekend Workshop

This set of courses is specially designed for students wishing to learn a modern script. It will also help to develop your creativity and will give you a lot of ideas for future personal projects. Creating calligraphy is more than creating art, but also a meditative drawing process, which involves creating images from repetitive patterns without preplanning or design. These are relaxing workshops, which will help you silence the inner critic and tap into your creative spirit. This mindful art is taught through a simple step-by-step process in a calm and supportive environment.

Each of the courses is a mixed level workshop, where students at any level can start their calligraphy journey and join a course at any weekend and will be able to continue studying or just enjoy calligraphy.

Modern calligraphy beginners
In this modern calligraphy course you will learn everything about how to get started with handwritten lettering styles. During this two-weekend class you will learn how to write with a traditional dip pen, using lightness and pressure to create beautiful thin and thick strokes. We will cover pen “pressure and release” techniques along with the basics of illustrating letters.
We will explore different inks, pens and papers, as well as consider how to choose the best materials for your own work. This is a practical, informal class and the focus will be on having lots of fun while learning. At the end of the class you will take home example alphabets, so you can continue to enjoy modern calligraphy.

Modern calligraphy foundations
Take pleasure in creating your own modern calligraphy script. This course is designed for improvers and will teach you how to create a cursive writing style that is truly your own.
We will cover script analysis, capital letters flourish variations, numbers and page layouts. The course offers a deeper understanding of a script structure, letterforms, spacing, letters variations and flourishes.
By the end of the course you will produce a complete alphabet of your own and inscribe a full page (in your preferred text) with layout based on historical examples.

Modern calligraphy variations
This course is specially designed for experience students who would like to improve their skills in pointed pen scripts. We will be focusing on weight, height, compression and slope variations. Variables such as branches and basic strokes and forms of the lower case letters 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.
By the end of the course you will produce a “Variation book” filled with your favorite quotes in your preferred script variations.

Entry Requirements

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

The course is suitable for all levels and for everybody interested in calligraphy.

Suitable for left and right-handers.

First Class Requirements

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

Modern calligraphy:
Layout Paper (A3);
Tracing Paper (A3);
Speedball 2968 Oblique Pen Set;
Eraser, Ruler 50cm, Pencil;
Watercolours, mixing brush and water container;
Kitchen roll.

Modern calligraphy foundations
Colour pencils (at least 5 colours);
Springbow Compass;
A3 display book/folder with 20 plastic pockets.

Modern calligraphy variations
Good quality smooth hot pressed paper A1 (like Fabriano Artistico or Saunders Waterford);
Sakura Quickie Glue Pen;
Selection of your favourite short quotations (at least 10).

Experienced students please bring your standard calligraphy tools.
Some materials will be available for purchase during the course.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) 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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This specialist course has been identified to run with fewer numbers due to either the student demand for the course and subject area or the need for increased one to one tuition. This course will be able to run with only 6 learners and will have a maximum of 10 in the class.