Calligraphy and brush lettering
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VE279
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
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What is the course about?
The pointed brush is a great tool for any calligrapher or graphic designer because it can be used to create lettering on a wide range of hand-lettered projects such as posters, greetings cards, ceramic decorations and fabric designs. You will be taken step-by-step through the techniques of using a pointed brush and there will be advice about tools and materials. This class is suitable for the complete beginner and those wishing to improve on their calligraphy skills.
What will we cover?
- How to write an alphabet based on calligraphy handwriting
- How to write capital letterforms and numerals¿
- How draw and touch up your letterforms by hand.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- write a basic script with a pointed brush
- draw letterforms and numerals
- Select and use appropriate materials effectively
- Go on to further study in calligraphy
More advanced students:
- will create their own style of pointed brush lettering.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for the complete beginner. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
During the class there will be group and individual demonstrations. You will be given examples and worksheets which enable you to develop at your own pace. It will be beneficial if you can do some practice between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No equipment is needed for the first session. However, you will need to purchase an A3 folder for handouts and worksheets. Advice will be given about tools and materials you can purchase to enable practice between sessions or if you progress to further study.
Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencils to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing email@example.com with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here- https://www.londongraphics.co.uk/student-discounts/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in VE210 Calligraphy and decorated letterforms, VE211 Calligraphy:Spencarian scripts or VE262 Calligraphy: Gothic script which are running in the summer term.
Your tutor will be able to offer advice on other suitable progression courses.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details.
Sharon is a London based left-handed calligrapher, lettering artist and illustrator. She studied Calligraphy and Bookbinding at Roehampton University and was awarded a first class honours degree in 2003. In 2010 she became a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. Sharon believes anyone can learn calligraphy if you relax, enjoy the process and allow yourself to make lots and lots and lots of mistakes. Sharon’s other courses at City Lit are: Calligraphy For Beginners, Calligraphy Handwriting: Developing your Style, Calligraphy and Brush lettering, Calligraphy class: Illuminated lettering and Calligraphy and Decorated Letterforms.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.