ONLINE Calligraphy: Bouncy Foundational Hand - Thurs 5th January 2023 at 10am
If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please select the recording only option below.
All students will be given access to watch our video playback service of this workshop for 60 days.
Please note that the follow up session is not recorded.
Thurs 5th January 10am - 11:30am workshop demo
Thurs 19th January 10am - 11am follow up and feedback session
This LivePlus™ online workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some calligraphic experience. You needn't have the materials ready whilst watching this online demonstration – it is a time to watch, ask and learn.
Take Foundational Hand out of its rut of formality and make it lively, so you can have some fun with modern applications. Whilst we revere our calligraphic heritage there is so much more that we can do to make it useful and fun.
Using the classical letterforms as our starting point, Mary shall explore with you what happens when you try speeding up, using different tools and different weights for creative expression.
Starting with pencil, then monoline tools, you will first focus on the basic letterforms without the additional distraction of pen angles. Writing at speed gives a different feel, whether pencil or pen – you develop shortcuts which will then inform the stroke orders for faster, livelier writing.
When we get to using broad-edged pens those lively movements will come into their own so that we can approach a semi-formal, dynamic version with some confidence. Different tools of various thicknesses offer opportunities for drama or contrast.
With Mary's tuition you will assemble lots of starter possibilities to develop further at home.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- Know how to look at calligraphic heritage of ‘Foundational Hand’
- Learn/ revise the core principles that distinguish this script from others
- Develop freedom of movement in pencil and monoline tools
- Develop skill in using the broad-edged pens in more lively ways
- Explore contrast by combining two different lettering effects
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
Any basic calligraphy equipment you already have, but especially:
- HB or softer pencil
- Black ink (Sumi, fountain pen ink, Bister, anything without acrylic in) in shallow, wide-necked bottle
- Other coloured inks (optional)
- Ruling pen/ pointed felt-tip pen / Speedball B series small size / Cola pen /garden twig - for monoline writing
- Broad-edged dip pens, most useful Brause 2.5 or Mitchell 1 ½
- Plenty of A4 or A3 paper - layout pad (check your ink doesn’t bleed on it) and some cartridge paper
- Your reading glasses
- A few short quotes
Links to suppliers
All Ardington ONLINE classes and talks are accompanied by their own online blackboard. Helpful and easy to use, they enable students and tutors to share resources, ideas and photos with each other – just as you would in a classroom environment.
Mary will offer personalised feedback for any students able to join us live during the follow up session. There is also the option to receive feedback via the blackboard for any work uploaded within thirty days of the class. You will be sent the link to access your blackboard in the week before your class begins and will have access for at least sixty days after the class ends.
After the live session has finished on Zoom, we will share the link to view the recording on the blackboard. You can watch the recording as many times as you like for sixty days.
*The follow up session is not recorded to ensure that you have an opportunity to share your work with the rest of the class, and receive personal feedback, without feeling self-conscious about being recorded. We would encourage you all to join us live if you can – even if you were signed up as a ‘recording only’ participant for the workshop.