Work with a variety of drawn letterforms and learn to add decoration using lots of different techniques. Use watercolour, pastels and coloured pencils to produce delicate effects guaranteed to add sparkle to your pages. There will be time for individual projects using a wealth of exciting ideas.
This course is based on the tutor’s book ‘Decorated Letters’ and will show you how to add decoration in, on, and around letters, using creative techniques. These will include pressure and release, pastel backgrounds, colour blend and lifting-out colour, none of which are difficult and are all enjoyable to use, giving extremely attractive results.
As well as drawn letters being the main basis of the course, there will also be a demonstration of edged pen lettering and changing colour in the nib for those who may already have some experience of calligraphic lettering.
There will be several handout sheets of various letterstyles available for reference and inspiration, a complete alphabet set of large size letters to draw around, if wished, along with plenty of demonstrations and help on hand to make good progress.
With the mix of ideas and resources, you will have the opportunity to produce both graphic and calligraphic letters for every occasion. These could be made into a greetings card, individually framed or used in conjunction with a calligraphic piece.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Jan Pickett is a tutor of over twenty-five years' experience, having studied Graphics and Typography at Cardiff Art College, then Calligraphy at Roehampton Institute. Her work is displayed in many Calligraphy books, including her own! She is a Fellow of both the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society.