What is the course about?
During this course you will learn how to use basic calligraphy tools and techniques to create the letterforms of the
gothic script. Starting from writing exercises you will progress to write the gothic alphabet and will be encouraged to
develop your own creative response to this historic letterform.
What will we cover?
- Calligraphy and letter design
- Essential calligraphy tools and materials
- Gothic alphabet
- Gothic letterforms in modern lettering.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use a dip pen and ink in your work
- Complete a series of exercises to refine your letterforms
- Identify variations of gothic script
- Write your own gothic alphabet.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is designed for beginners or improvers who would like to brush up their gothic script. You should be able
to follow simple written and verbal instructions. You should also be able to use a ruler to rule up guidelines for writing.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through group teaching and one-to-one tuition. No additional work outside class is necessary.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All equipment for this course is provided. Please bring a notebook and a pen for taking notes.
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; VE225 Calligraphy and illumination or VE227 Calligraphy,in the main programme. Your tutor will be happy to advise you during the course.
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