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Calligraphy - Modern Gothic

Price:
£67.00
Starts:
20/09/2022
Day of week:
TUE
Ends:
18/10/2022
Location:
Ashford Gateway (KAE), Ashford
Level:
Level 1
Time:
18:45 - 20:45
Duration:
5 weeks

This course is held at Ashford Adult Education Centre at Ashford Gateway.

This traditional calligraphy course is for complete beginners and for students with some experience who have not yet learned the Gothic Blackletter hand. Improvers wishing to refresh their skills are also welcome.

Practical calligraphy using a broad-edged dip pen to make letters in this Modern Medieval hand, and the pen written Gothic Capitals with all their movement and expression, is the focus of this course.

The tutor will give a brief introduction looking at the historical context of this script and setting up your workspace.

We will be focusing on a modern version of this script with all its textural possibilities. As starting point for beginners, we will begin making pen patterns using calligraphy felt tip pen, as a fun and creative introduction to broad-edged pen. Whilst introducing the pen strokes that make the letterforms, it is also useful for making border decorations.

Moving on to the preparing and handling of dip pens, using ink and gouache paint, we will focus on making good letterforms, letter and word spacing, and developing a good writing rhythm.

Working with a short quotation of your choice, with attention to layout and design, the aim is of this course is to complete a piece of calligraphy as a formal composition, or to work on a more abstract layout, which is suited to this script, so you will have a finished piece to take home at the end of the course.

If your course is held at Ashford Gateway in the evening, please note the following:- The main door to the building closes at 6pm Mon-Thurs. The building can only be accessed via the side door which is situated to the left of the main entrance at the corner of the building. There is an entry system via a buzzer.

How will I be taught?

Your tutor will use a variety of teaching methods including group demonstrations, individual tuition and handouts. It is recommended that you keep a work folder for your handouts and make notes for future reference.

Homework: Some practise between sessions is necessary in order to make continuous progress to complete this course.

What do I need to bring with me?

Your first calligraphy felt tip pens, nibs, penholders for dip pens and ink, and layout paper will be available to purchase from your tutor.

During your first session your tutor will explain and provide a list of equipment and materials you will need to progress.

NB. Prices may vary according to what is available at the time, but a calligraphy felt tip pen is approx. £2.50 and a nib and pen holder approx. £6.

If you have done some calligraphy before, please bring your usual calligraphy gear, including your dip pens, ink and A3 layout paper.

What can I do next?

It is recommended that stemming from this Modern Gothic course, you may like to try the Foundational, Italic or Celtic Uncial hands, forming the basis of the four main calligraphy scripts, giving you an excellent grounding in this craft. Please check with your tutor re future upcoming calligraphy courses. Further progression with the help of the tutor in class you may wish to consider entering of The Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society Certificate of Calligraphy. Please ask your tutor for further details.

What do I need to join the course

This traditional calligraphy course is for complete beginners and for students with some experience who have not yet learned the Gothic Blackletter hand. Improvers wishing to refresh their skills are also welcome.

Getting to your course

Find us

Ashford Gateway (KAE)
Church Road
Ashford
Kent
TN23 1AS

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code ASH/121784/M/LC.