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.
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: beautiful writing;
VE261 Modern calligraphy;
VE265 Traditional Calligraphy: flourished italic
Your tutor will be able to advise you during the course.
You can also contact Visual Arts for advice and to discuss your next steps 0207 492 2700/03.
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