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Live online course – Calligraphy in italics with Mary Noble

Ref: SCW11062

Beginners/Intermediate

£150

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About this course

Explore the possibilities of this ever-popular Italic hand that works for all occasions. Beginners start from scratch; experienced or rusty can enjoy improving or refreshing skills.

Delivered in a live session via Zoom on the dates shown.

Course Description

This course is for beginners and those with some experience, starting with basic revision then aiming to move you on to greater things with your Italic calligraphy, improving your letterforms and arranging it well on the page.

Looking first at the ancestral heritage to understand the core features of this popular and timeless script, with a brief explanation of script analysis, you will quickly get down to writing in earnest.

You will begin with the core principles of Italic hand, as basic learning for beginners and essential revision for those with experience.

Anyone with more experience will then be asked to go and write a page as a warm-up, to focus on your writing rhythm, speed and consistency; meanwhile beginners will work from scratch, focusing on getting good letterforms, then letter and word spacing.

If you are confident with your formal hand, and the tutor has checked it out for strengths and weaknesses, there are options of exercises to explore some variations, depending on your needs.

Arranging on the page is an important element to be included.

DAILY TIMETABLE:

09.00 – 09.15 All students to join via Zoom

09.15 – 10.45 Introductions, health and safety, teaching and demonstrations, Q+A followed by independent study with tutor support

10.45 – 11.00 Break

11.00 – 12.45 Teaching, Q+A followed by independent study, with tutor support

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.45 Teaching, Q+A, independent study with tutor support

15.45 – 16.00 Break

16.00 – 17.00 Plenary and next steps

Course Materials

What you need

  • Please read and familiarise yourself with the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. Be ready to start at 9am on the day with your computer set up and ready as detailed in the guidance notes emailed to you with your booking confirmation.
  • To enable you to share your work effectively during the course, we recommend that you either
  • 1. Use your smartphone, ipad/tablet or a digital camera to take images of your work during the course, to download these to your computer’s desktop, so that you can easily use the Share screen option in Zoom, to show your work when necessary.
  • Or
  • 2. Alternatively, join the course via the Zoom link from a secondary device to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (e.g. a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet, though please ensure the sound is turned off on this device to avoid sound interference).
  • If that sounds too technical, we can cope with just holding your work up to the screen.
  • You will also need to have:
  • Short quotations (10 words, approximately, but more if you’re experienced) to write out
  • (Those with advanced calligraphy skills are welcome to attend, but please inform the tutor in advance to assist with her preparations via the Bookings Office email: bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk)
  • Tools and equipment needed:
  • A4 Layout pad
  • A couple of sheets of cartridge paper that takes ink without bleeding.
  • Dip pen nibs and holders, for example: WM Mitchell size 1 ½ or Brause nib size 2.5, or Speedball C series size 2, or Pilot Parallel Pen size 2.4. More experienced students may want a selection of other sizes.
  • Non-waterproof ink, can be fountain pen ink or (best) Sumi ink
  • Pencil, ruler, sharpener, eraser, kitchen roll
  • Any calligraphy equipment/materials you may already have
  • Please remember to protect your work surface or table to avoid staining from ink.

FAQs

What skill level do I need to take a course?
Our online courses are each given a level of study to ensure you pick the right course for you;
Beginners - Suitable for those with little or no experience of the subject
or
Intermediate – If you have taken a related course or have existing skills
or
Suitable for all - With content that can be engaged with on different levels.

What format does the course take?
Our online live-streamed courses run each day from 9am-5pm.

After admitting all students to Zoom between 9am-9.15am, the tutor will introduce the course at 9.15am promptly and give a demonstration or warm-up exercise with a chance to ask questions before independent study with tutor support.  This pattern is followed throughout the day as additional tasks are introduced, concluding in the final session with a round up and discussion on next steps.

Is the course taught live?
Yes, the course is taught live via Zoom.

Will the course be recorded?
No, the course will not be recorded.

How many people will be on the course?
There are a maximum of 10-12 places for most courses, depending on the subject. Some lecture courses may take more students.

How do I sign up for a course?
Follow the online booking process to sign up for a course.

Can I use a College gift voucher for online courses?
Yes, simply enter the gift voucher code at the online checkout.

How do I access my course?
You will receive a link and password to access the course email, typically within two working days.

What do I need to set up or prepare before the course starts:
Find yourself a quiet place to work, away from background noise and distractions during the core teaching times. Prepare a workstation, ideally with a good sized work-surface or table, adjacent to your computer, and with enough space to layout your assembled materials and tools ready for the start of the day. Also assemble any materials listed on the course details which will not be supplied in any materials kit sent to you, if included in the course. (If your course includes materials, this will be clearly stated in the course materials section above).

Ensure you read and familiarise yourself with the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. We recommend doing this several days in advance to avoid technical issues on the day.

What computer set-up will I need to take a course?
You can join a zoom meeting on a computer or laptop – Mac, PC – with Internet connection, a webcam, microphone and speakers (usually in-built). You need high speed Wi-Fi with full bars signal that doesn’t drop out Internet connection and a modern internet browser (see "What Web Browser do you recommend" below).

You will need an email account to sign up for a course and an up-to-date web browser.

To join the course simply click on the link in your confirmation email and follow the instructions on the screen. You can access Zoom via the web browser or app. For help joining a meeting see Zoom support here

It is also useful to have the following close to hand - a secondary device to join via the Zoom link is recommended if possible to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (eg a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet), if possible.

Some of the course resources may be presented as PDF files, which will require a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.

What web browser do you recommend?
PC users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Edge 12+, Internet Explorer 11+ are supported.
Mac users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Safari 7+ are supported.

Please be sure to keep your browser updated. If you need to upgrade your browser, go to your browser manufacturer's website and download the most recent version.

Phones and tablets – download the Zoom mobile app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).

What do I do if I experience technical issues?
Support setting up Zoom, including helpful videos can be accessed on their website here and support centre here.

We recommend setting up and testing Zoom a few days in advance of your course to ensure you do not have problems on the day. If you have checked the technical requirements above and are using a suitable browser but the problem persists, email online@westdean.ac.uk (Monday-Friday, and for courses held on Saturday or Sunday, 8.45-9.15am only) with the details of your problem (including a screenshot if useful) for advice.

I’ve lost my login details, what do I do?
If you have deleted your login information please contact online@westdean.ac.uk (Monday-Friday, and for courses held on Saturday or Sunday, 8.45-9.15am only).

I’ve changed my mind and no longer want to do this course, what can I do?
Please contact bookings@westdean.ac.uk immediately if you have changed your mind, within 14 days of booking. Please also refer to our Terms and Conditions when booking. If your course includes multiple units, by booking you are committing to attend all unit dates listed in the course description, no alternative dates or refund can be offered for any that you are unable to attend. For any other queries about online courses please contact bookings@westdean.ac.uk

For courses that included a posted materials pack: (this will be stated clearly in the course materials list above). Please only book this course online if you live on the UK mainland.  The costs included in the course fee do not cover areas outside of the UK mainland.  See note below.

Can I do this course if I live overseas?
If you live overseas (including Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle of Man), please email the Bookings Office bookings@westdean.ac.uk with your address and contact details, do not book the course online.  Our team will then ascertain whether we are able to post the materials to you and, if so, the additional cost.  We will then let you know and you can decide whether or not to go ahead with the booking.  Please note that delivery of the materials box to an overseas address may also take longer.

What is included in the materials pack?
Included materials are listed in the ‘Course materials’ section above.

When should I expect to receive my materials pack?
Your pack will be posted to arrive 1-2 days before your course starts. It will be delivered by courier. Boxes are usually larger than letterbox size and the courier may contact you via email with delivery information. Currently, these can only be posted to mainland UK addresses - please see note above if you live overseas.

Who do I contact if I haven’t received my materials pack or it is missing an item?
Please contact bookings@westdean.ac.uk (Monday-Friday) within two days of the course start date. If the original delivery is failed or refused and returned to the College, you will be responsible for paying any additional charges for re-delivery. 

Tutors

Mary Noble

Mary's graphic design training led her on to study calligraphy to advanced level, becoming Fellow of the two national Calligraphy Societies, SSI and CLAS, and her work is displayed in many of their exhibition catalogues. She's been teaching for 30 years and has published several books focusing on beginners.

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