Calligraphy and illumination

Course Dates: 27/04/21 - 29/06/21
Time: 13:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Study lettering, illuminating, heraldry and gold leaf. You'll get advice on tools and materials, and basic materials are included. Left and right handers are welcome.
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Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £175.00

Course Code: VE240

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Tue, day, 27 Apr - 29 Jun '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

We will learn to construct and write letter forms, and how to design finished pieces of lettering, including illuminated letters using colour and gold leaf.

What will we cover?

An introduction to Foundational Hand, lower case then capitals, using various sizes, numbers, letters, word spacing, layout and quotations. You can also learn other styles such as Italic, Gothic, Uncials and Copperplate, as well as illuminated letters beginning with the use of colour and then gold leaf. You can use different papers, vellum etc.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

1. Demonstrate the basics of Foundational Hand and Pointed Italic lower case
2. Develop capitals in various sizes of lettering, word spacing and layouts.
3. Design and and produce a finished piece in both hands or a design for literary pieces provided.
4. Produce pieces on a variety of papers.

For more advanced learners:
1. Use Italic letterforms, Uncils, Versals and Copperplate lettering
2. Write illuminated letters using paint and progressing to gold leaf.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

From complete beginners to intermediate, progressing to advanced levels. The course empahsis is on perfect letter forms and innovative design. Each student will be given the confidence to develop at their own pace and not feel pressured to produce quantity rather than quality.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group and individual demonstrations supported by discussions and visual references, but mainly learning by doing.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Some tools are available for purchase from the department, and advice on buying equipment will be given by the tutor during the course. Most materials can be obtained from the tutor.

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 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-

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other suitable courses in calligraphy and lettering include:
- VE225 or VE238 Calligraphy and illumination
- VE238 or VE225 Calligraphy and illumination
- VE300 City Lit Calligraphy course
- VE246 Calligraphy: Modern copperplate
- VE249 Modern calligraphy.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.