What is the course about?
This course will help you to develop create flourishes and illustrative additions to your calligraphy projects. You will learn how to generate decorative elements, incorporate them into your writing and how to use visual references as inspiration for illustrations.
What will we cover?
We will begin by examining how flourishes are constructed. Then we will explore how to add them to letterforms and use them as a border around a finished piece of writing. We will then look at ways of generating your own illustrations by adapting photographic reference.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Add flourishes to letterforms
• Create a flourished border
• Generate your own illustrations
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 progress to further study.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to
Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details