Modern calligraphy

Course Dates: 06/11/21 - 04/12/21
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Learn how to write elegant stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you’ve learnt how to write a basic alphabet we’ll begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own. The course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers.
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Full Sat, day, 06 Nov - 04 Dec '21

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course explores the personal and professional pursuit of Modern Calligraphy, a form of decorative handwriting inspired by traditional copperplate calligraphy but with a contemporary twist. This course will teach you how to create a cursive (flowing handwritten) writing style that is truly your own. You will use a flexible, pointed nib and ink to write elegant, flowing letterforms in different styles, sizes, and mediums. Across several weeks you will build a rapport with fellow enthusiastic students and an experienced calligraphy instructor, sharing your discoveries and improvements along the way. This course is about learning and creativity, but it is also about having fun and taking pleasure in the present moment. Over time you will develop your own modern calligraphy script that you can take beyond the classroom and build upon for whatever purpose you choose.

What will we cover?

You will begin with the basics such as learning how to use a flexible nib and penholder, creating a basic alphabet, and writing capital letterforms. Building upon these foundations you will then explore how to create your own style, incorporate flourishes, and write with different coloured inks.

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

- Write a cohesive modern alphabet with a flexible nib
- Use different inks and papers

More advanced learners will be able to:
- Use a flexible nib to write longer pieces of text.

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

This class is suitable for complete beginners and improvers and accommodates both left and right-handers. 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?

Group and individual demonstrations will be supported by discussions, visual references, and worksheets. You will mainly learn by doing. It would be beneficial if you could do some practise between sessions, however this is not essential. No preparation is required beforehand.

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

For the first session please bring a pencil and a notebook. Some materials and tools are provided for use during the sessions but must be returned at the end of the session. If you have attended calligraphy classes in the past and previously purchased writing tools, then please bring these along. You will be able to try all suggested tools and materials during the course and the tutor will advise on best options for you. Direction will be provided in the first session on what to bring for future classes.

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

Other courses in calligraphy and lettering are available - Please see our website for full listings.
Suitable follow on courses might be:
VE265 Modern copperplate
VE228 Calligraphy and illumination
VE228 Calligraphy and illumination
VE247 Modern Calligraphy
VE263 Modern calligraphy
VE230 Calligraphy
VE287 Contemporary Calligraphy: Developing your style.

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.