Contemporary calligraphy: developing your style
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VE287
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this course we will examine the calligraphic handwriting of historical writing masters and contemporary calligraphers as an inspirational starting point for creating handwriting styles of your own.
What will we cover?
We will be writing with gel pens, italic fountain pens and flexible pointed nibs and, for those wanting more of a challenge, there will be an opportunity to try pointed brush pens.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Analyse historical and contemporary manuscripts
- Create different styles of calligraphic handwriting
More advanced students:
- Work on self-directed projects with help and advise from the tutor.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for the complete beginner, left and right handers and those wishing to refresh their calligraphy skills. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs, 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?
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 go on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
Suitable courses may include:
- VE258 Calligraphy: Modern copperplate
- VE211 Calligraphy: copperplate and spencarian scripts
- VE290 Illuminated lettering
- VE260 Calligraphy workship
- VE350 Calligraphy Modern copperplate.
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.