ONSITE Calligraphy: Italic Hand for Beginners & Improvers - Thur 20th June 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
Italic is the most popular calligraphic script owing to its flowing nature and adaptability for expressive works. Start from scratch or revise if you’re rusty, using traditional broad-edged dip pens to create some beautiful writing.
Starting with some pen pattern-making to get the pens working and flowing properly, we’ll practise regular strokes to develop a rhythm for writing. Italic forms depend on a ‘family resemblance’ of letters, so there will be much emphasis on good arch-formation - how the strokes are joined, a distinctive feature which underpins a majority of the letters.
Putting the writing to practical use is what motivates us to keep going and hone our skills, so we’ll make labels, signage or arrange a short quotation. For those with past experience, this is your chance to lose bad habits and aim to improve and complete something to be proud of.
Pens, ink & paper will be provided for use, with the option to buy the pen if you wish.
Please let us know if you are left-handed, as there are left-oblique pens available.
- Familiarity with the dip pens
- Making pen patterns for rhythm in writing
- Writing the letters in family groups
- Achieving good arch-forms
- Letter-and word-spacing
- Arranging on the page
Materials are not covered in the booking fee. Some materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £4 payable to the tutor during the day. The items you will need to bring with you are listed below.
Please Bring With You
- Pencil, ruler, eraser
- Any pens you already have, but don’t buy any
- Some short quotes to write
- Your reading glasses!
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.