Practical calligraphy using a broad-edged pen is the focus of this course. It is aimed at those who have very little or no experience of this craft. You will gain an understanding of the basic principles of good formal writing, while learning and using a basic script – uncial (a modernised, 8th century, round script) or foundational hand (a basic, roundhand script, modernised from 9th/10th century scripts) or Renaissance italic.
You will gain the ability to handle a broad-edged pen with some confidence, and some understanding of the potential uses and development of your new skills.
You will be introduced, in some detail, to the workings of the broad-edged nib and to writing with ink, and introducing colour in the pen and in simple pastel backgrounds. You will have time to practise skills, working towards using these in writing short quotations. The tutor will give frequent demonstrations and one-to-one tuition. Progressive exercises are suited to each individual’s understanding and skill starting point.
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 until 9pm, 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)
Gaynor Goffe has been a professional calligrapher and teacher
for 35 years. She trained in Calligraphy,
Illumination & Heraldry in the mid 1970's at Reigate School of Art & Design, then spent three years as assistant to Donald Jackson. She taught calligraphy at the Roehampton Institute and on many short courses in Britain and abroad. Publications include 'Calligraphy Made Easy 'published by Paragon/Robinson, and 'Calligraphy Step By Step' by Harper Collins. Gaynor is a fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, the Society of Scribes & Illuminators and a full member of Letter Exchange.
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