Calligraphy: copperplate and spencerian scripts

Course Dates: 02/08/21 - 06/08/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Learn how to use a pointed pen for writing in copperplate hand, which is famous for its fine lines, hand-made quality and romantic overtones. Suitable for both beginners and improvers, left and right handers.
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Course Code: VE211

Full Mon-Fri, eve, 02 Aug - 06 Aug '21

Duration: 5 sessions

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What is the course about?

Copperplate, (Spencerian or English Roundhand, it is know by several names) is enjoying a resurgence of interest of late. Using models, exemplars by your tutor and demonstrations, you will learn the construction and layout of letterforms enabling to you to write more beautifully or more neatley at speed. This workshop will help you to begin the process of this transformation.

What will we cover?

- How to use different pens to complete practical exercises
- Alternative approaches to lettering for greeting cards including decorations such as flowers and plants
- Incorporating decoration into letterforms with florishes using a dip-pen.

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

- Draw the copperplate script
- Demonstrate a creative approach to including flourishes in your letterforms
- Select tools and materials appropriate to your personal project
- Write more beautifully or more legibily according to your personal course goals.

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

The course is for both beginners and advanced students. Knowledge of Italic hand is desirable but not essential.

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

You will learn or improve your skills whilst practising the craft and will be encouraged to incorporate your own
individuality into your studies and finished pieces. Individual teaching will be by demonstrations and supported by
theory and illustration.

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

Some materials will be provided including cartridge paper, pens, erasers and inks. Please bring the below with you:

Japanese Calligraphy ink stick and ink stone (about 5cm x 10cm size)
Speedball 2968 Oblique pen set, black
0.3 Automatic pencil
A note book to take notes during the course
If you are not sure where to get the tools and materials, please do not buy anything as your tutor will demonstrate
the tools/materials and will suggest where they can be purchased, on the first session.

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?

Once completed, you could progress to calligraphy course covering a more broad range of scripts such as;
VE246 Calligraphy for beginners;
VE258 Calligraphy: modern copperplate
VE261 Modern calligraphy;
VE265 Traditional Calligraphy: flourished italic
Your tutor will be able to advise you during the course.

Veiko Kespersaks

Veiko Kespersaks is a Fellow of CLAS (The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society) and a Fellow of SSI (Society of Scribes and Illuminators). He currently runs a successful calligraphy studio in Central London. Veiko was Programme Leader for the Calligraphy Degree course at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences in Finland and his book, ‘Calligraphy in 24 1h lessons’ was published in 2011. He has an MA with Distinction from Roehampton University London, A BA (First class) in Calligraphy and Art History from University of Surrey Roehampton and a BA in Printmaking from the Art Institute of Kankaanpää, Finland. Veiko’s classes are usually mixed levels, and his passion in teaching is to create an atmosphere in which each student can increase their skill proficiency and learn new, sometimes unexpected, skills.

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.