Start from scratch exploring the mysteries of pen angles for different scripts and exactly how to rule lines the right size apart, with simple tricks. Examine the pens and how to prepare them. We’ll just touch on the fascinating backstory of some scripts, before we home in the simple elegance of the Uncial hand. Uncials will help us learn about slope, pen angle, arch formation, length of ascenders & descenders, and letter- and word-spacing. Finally this will all go into our take-home booklet which will include paper samples and handouts, so you’ll know where to go from here.
- Handling and preparing dip pens
- Getting the right pen angle for the right script
- Why our letters are like they are – see the evolution of scripts
- Ruling accurate lines – simple tips
- How to write good Uncial letters
- Letter- and word spacing
This course is designed for a range of abilities including complete beginners
Materials are not included in your course fee. All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £8, payable to the tutor during the course.
We do not have the facilities to take card payments for materials in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.
Please Bring With You
Reading glasses if you need them.
If you have additional tools and materials that you would like to bring with you if you are very keen to use them, then please do so if you wish. You may not need to use them however – the tutor has listed all your essential needs for this particular course above.
We advise that you do not buy any materials required for a course more than two weeks in advance, because occasionally a course is cancelled due to low enrolment.
Timings & Refreshments
The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Please aim to arrive between 9.30 and 9.45am to allow for a prompt 10am start. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with homemade cookies in the morning, a complimentary sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon.
SPECIAL DIETS: As peoples' allergies, intolerances, special diets and preferences are so many and varied, we are not able to cater for these. However, we will be able to cater for a gluten free diet so please tell us on arrival if you need a gluten free option