ONLINE Casual Capitals with Sharon Zeugin - Starts Tues 7th November 2023 at 2pm
BOOKING DEADLINE: Fri 20th October at 12pm UK TIME
Due to the interactive nature of this workshop, we would encourage students to participate live and work along with the tutor, if possible.
A video playback service will still be provided to all students for 60 days.
Tues 7th November 2pm - 3:30pm
Tues 14th November 2pm - 3:30pm
Tues 21st November 2pm - 3:30pm
Tues 28th November 2pm - 4pm
This LivePlus™ online workshop is suitable for students of all abilities. Each week is a work-along workshop and so we would encourage students to have their materials to hand, ready to participate live during the class.
Hot off the heels of her recent visit to Ardington school in person, we are delighted to be hosting Sharon Zeugin again, live online, from her home and studio in Austin, Texas. Sharon's inimitable teaching style will guide us through the rules of Roman Capitals, then gently push us to explore how we can flex them!
This four-part class is an opportunity to take our capitals out for a relaxing walk to stretch, bend and play so we become more comfortable using them more frequently and enjoyably, in a less painstakingly formal way. Casual does not mean we throw caution (or attention to rules of construction and proportion!) to the wind; rather, we expand on the rules, loosening our grip on our pens to start incorporating capitals in our every day lives.
Using graphite and colour pencils, we’ll begin with a brief, experiential review of classical Roman Capital bones, and then modify them by compressing the shapes and giving the letters a slight forward slant. This compressed or “modernised” version will be our reference alphabet throughout the class.
Next, our focus will be on sensitivity of touch, using the “press and release” technique (along with building letters up stroke by stroke, versal style) to give our letters a vibrant and dynamic quality. Colour pencil exercises on black paper will help us practice and and enjoy spacing between the letters (a la Paul Klee) and we’ll experiment with bending and bouncing the letters off our guide lines.
We’ll explore new rhythms in writing our capitals through stretching, compressing, elongating and writing them more freely in a loose, gestural way. The intention is to RELAX and slow down in order to experiment with composing more personal and dynamic polyrhythmic lines of freely written letters.
As we grow comfortable with writing out our “casual capitals” Sharon will invite you to use gouache and a small nib to create an improvisational alphabet piece incorporating colour pencil techniques. We'll finish the class by binding our experiments and practice pages in a Japanese stab binding style journal or booklet.
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- HB Graphite pencil
- Practice pad of white paper
- Black pad of paper
- Prismacolor (or similar waxy) colour pencils or Pilot Eno color pencils
- Black eraser
- White eraser
- Gouache in colours of your choice
- Small nib and pen
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.
Sharon will offer personalised critique / feedback via the blackboard for any work uploaded by students within thirty days of the class ending. 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.
We suggest that you do not buy any specialist materials more than one week in advance as, occasionally, a class may be cancelled due to low enrolment.