Course Dates: 30/01/20 - 02/04/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Ivo Grantins

Learn the principles and explore the essential steps of calligraphy work using a range of tools and techniques to create an individual piece. Suitable for beginners as well as improvers, left or right handers welcome.


What is the course about?

This course follows the creative process in calligraphy. Starting from script analysis students will study
closely Roman capitals and learn arrange text on a page, creating a finished work of calligraphy.

What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:

"Learning a beautiful way of writing in a very calming environment. Tutor was always very encouraging whenever anyone got a bit stuck or overwhelmed."


What will we cover?

- Skeleton letters
- Pen made letters
- Roman Capitals
- Variations of a script
- Layout.

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

- Use traditional calligraphy tools
- Write Roman Capitals
- Analyse scripts and create a consistent alphabet
- Introduce variations of Roman capitals in your work
- Design a layout
- Produce a finished calligraphic piece.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Teaching methods will include visual presentations, individual instruction, group discussion and practical work. It is possible to achieve the aims of the course by working at class only. Practice at home, however, would be desirable.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a notebook and a pen. Basic materials and tools will be provided for use during the class, however, you might want to buy your own tools. Your tutor will give you advice on equipment during the course.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in calligraphy and lettering are available, you may be interested in courses such as VE 258 Modern Copperplate, VE260 Calligraphy: Layout and lettering, or VE259 Calligraphy techniques: Linking text and image. Your tutor will be able 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.

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.

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Review by Yes / (Posted on 24/03/2019)
Highly recommended as a great introduction to calligraphy
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/12/2018)
A wealth of ideas and advice from the teacher backed up by good resources which encourage the student to try new things. This class is both friendly and supportive
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Review by RuthW / (Posted on 10/07/2015)
Those who do not know of Calligraphy,just go and see the students who do all aspects of this course,great teacher,the atmosphere in the class room is just great,the course gives you a scents of achievement, you will be surprised on how much beautiful work you can do, all the other student will help you all they can, but the best person in my class was my tutor,friendly helpful,and great to be in her class, thank you.
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Review by JONATHAN / (Posted on 30/06/2015)
pick up a new skill in a nice but focused environment
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Review by Eu / (Posted on 14/04/2015)
This course is great: [Tutor's name removed] is an excellent tutor, and will bring out skills in you that you never knew you had. He is extremely knowledgeable and supportive, both if you are left-handed and if you wish to learn to write a particular hand, and comes highly recommended - the number of students who go on to further calligraphic studies is a testament to his teaching.
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Review by Long-standing pupil / (Posted on 25/03/2015)
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Course Code: VE230

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Thu, eve, 30 Jan - 02 Apr '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £309.00
Senior fee: £309.00
Concession: £188.00

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