Calligraphy and brush lettering
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VE282
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
The pointed brush is a great tool for any calligrapher or graphic designer because it can be used for a wide range of hand-lettered projects such as logotypes, posters, greetings cards, ceramic decorations and fabric designs. The first part of the course focuses on simple warm-up exercises and writing letterforms, then we’ll move onto letter and word spacing and finally progress to composition and layout. This class is suitable for the complete beginner and those wishing to add a new skill to their calligraphy repertoire.
What will we cover?
- Basic stokes and warm up exercises
- How to write an alphabet based on calligraphy handwriting
- How to write capital letterforms and numerals
- layout and design.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- use write a basic script with a pointed brush
- create a poster or greeting card
More advanced students will:
- create their own style of pointed brush lettering
- work on self directed projects.
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.
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 email@example.com 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:
- VE211 Calligraphy: copperplate and spencarian scripts
- VE246 Calligraphy: modern copperplate
- VE225 or VE238 Calligraphy and illumination
- VE227 Calligraphy: Italic.
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.