ONSITE Calligraphy: Gothic Batarde Hand (the Essentials) - Sun 14th July 2024
Included in each day:
- Five hours of expert tuition
- Homemade cookies on arrival
- Filter coffee & selection of teas available free all day
- Freshly prepared lunch
- Homemade afternoon tea
- Ample Free Parking
- Free WiFi
- Easy ground-floor access
There are many variations of Gothic hand (of which Batarde is one) that can be full of rhythm and very lively even though it appears static. The day will be spent understanding the French Batarde script, a beautiful cursive hand written at a slight slant and with delightful additions to the more informal letters.
During the day we can discover some of the other Gothic variations that have evolved around the basic Gothic script. There are many different versions to compare, along with the elegant French script of the 15th century Batarde such as Italian Rotunda Script. Both of these are very lively and more dancing hands than the rigid Gothic, with manipulated pen angles and delightful letter shape changes that are fun to do. We will complete a small written piece of prose on the day.
- Letterform and Spacing
- Some variations of Gothic Script, including Batarde
- Layout and design
Materials are not included in your booking fee.
Please Bring With You
- Calligraphy board,
- “T” square, ruler, pencil, masking tape or 3M tape
- A collection of pen sizes. Include some larger nibs such as 0, 1, 11/2, as well as 2, 21/2, and 4, etc. You may wish to bring a couple of automatic or larger pens with you also.
- Bring your A3 Layout pad or A3 photocopy paper for your practice work.
- Black ink or gouache and a tube of red gouache, a small mixing palette and a pot for water, plus kitchen towel for wiping the pen
- You may wish to bring a small piece of good paper such as good quality cartridge, BFK Rives, Fabriano 5 or Waterford HP, about A3 size if you wish to do some more finished work.
- A small piece of French text with the English translation would be fun. I will bring some too.
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.