Calligraphy and brush lettering

Course Dates: 17/05/20 - 21/06/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Learn how to draw flourishes and generate illustrations to give your calligraphy handwriting extra flair and panache.


What is the course about?

The pointed brush is a great tool for any calligrapher or graphic designer because it can be used calligraphy an array of hand-lettered projects such as logotypes, posters, greetings cards, ceramic decorations and fabric designs. You will be taken step by step through the techniques of pointed brush there will be advise 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 modify your letterforms by hand.

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

- use and write a basic script with a pointed brush
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, 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?

VE211 Calligraphy: copperplate and spencarian scripts
VE262 Calligraphy: gothic script
VE210 Calligraphy and decorated letterforms
VE300 City Lit calligraphy course
VE253 Calligraphy: flourished decorations
VE246 Calligraphy: modern copperplate
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.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Great support and guidance to gain a new creative skill, and complete a project
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Review by Jaimen / (Posted on 11/06/2019)
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It is fun and practical, and I was amazed at how quickly we all became proficient at using the brush, and how we all developed our own styles. A super teacher giving us just enough tuition, and then allowing us to explore our own styles with her guidance. I feel I've learnt a huge amount in a short time, and have thoroughly enjoyed myself at the same time.
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Review by Sue / (Posted on 10/06/2019)
You will not regret taking this course. The tutor is so enthusiastic and encouraging - she will bring out skills you didn't know you had
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/06/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Sharon Shaw Tutor Website

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VE282

Sun, day, 17 May - 21 Jun '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £309.00
Senior fee: £309.00
Concession: £309.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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