Try it out: calligraphy, modern copperplate

Course Dates: 13/09/21
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
This short workshop will guide you through the basics of Modern Copperplate Calligraphy, as influenced by historical copperplate handwriting. Once the artform of expert craftsman, calligraphy is now a popular artistic outlet, flexible enough to reflect the personality, style, and creativity of every individual – everyone can learn it and have a lot of fun while doing so! Suitable for left-handers and right-handers.
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Course Code: VE252

Finished Mon, day, 13 Sep - 13 Sep '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This practical taster session in Modern Calligraphy offers a condensed but thorough grounding in the modern lettering style seen across culture and businesses today. It presents the opportunity to postpone the demands of modern life for a few hours, slow down, and mindfully engage in a hands-on activity alongside an enthusiastic group of students and teacher. To get you started on your handwriting journey the workshop will take you through a step-by-step process, guiding you letter-by-letter to draw something special on the page. The course explores modern script models and examples, in addition to the work of professional calligraphers. You should leave this session inspired to further explore the potential of modern calligraphy for both business and personal creative adventures.

What will we cover?

Students will learn how to assemble and use a pointed pen and ink; how to draw letters; and how to correctly space and form words in the modern copperplate style. We will look at its structure, the application of pen pressure, and variations of the English alphabet.

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

- Use a range of calligraphy tools
- Select and use appropriate materials effectively
- Produce calligraphy work in the modern style
- Develop your handwriting skills though home practice
- Go on to further study in calligraphy.

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

This course is suitable for complete beginners or those looking to refresh their calligraphy skills. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions in English to support demonstrations, read hand-outs, and understand health and safety information. Students will be invited to take part in group discussions, but participation is voluntary.

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

No study preparation is required beforehand. In the session you will learn through a combination of group and individual demonstrations, and following worksheets devised by your experienced instructor. Examples, worksheets, and instructions will be provided to enable you to carry out exercises at your own pace both inside and outside the classroom.

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

Please bring a pen and a notebook to take notes. You can bring your calligraphy tools if you have any, but materials will be provided for the session itself. Advice will be given about tools you may wish to purchase for further study, and some materials will be available for purchase in the class from the teacher.

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

Further courses in calligraphy and lettering are available in the calligraphy section of art and design in the course guide and on the website.
Suitable follow on courses include:
VE245 Calligraphy for beginners
VE246 Calligraphy: Modern Copperplate
VE227 Calligraphy: Italic
VE249 Modern calligraphy
Your tutor will be able to advise you at the end of the session.

Veiko Kespersaks

Veiko Kespersaks is a Fellow of CLAS (The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society) and a Fellow of SSI (Society of Scribes and Illuminators). He currently runs a successful calligraphy studio in Central London. Veiko was Programme Leader for the Calligraphy Degree course at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences in Finland and his book, ‘Calligraphy in 24 1h lessons’ was published in 2011. He has an MA with Distinction from Roehampton University London, A BA (First class) in Calligraphy and Art History from University of Surrey Roehampton and a BA in Printmaking from the Art Institute of Kankaanpää, Finland. Veiko’s classes are usually mixed levels, and his passion in teaching is to create an atmosphere in which each student can increase their skill proficiency and learn new, sometimes unexpected, skills.

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.