Calligraphy - Improvers | St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone

Calligraphy - Improvers at St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone

Calligraphy - Improvers at St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone

Price: £143.00 Starts: 11/01/2018 Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Tutor: Els Van Den Steen Ends: 22/03/2018 Location: St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone
Level: Mixed Level Day of Week: THU Duration: 10 weeks

This course is currently full and online booking is not possible. Please call 03000 41 22 22 to put your name on a waiting list and register your interest. We will then contact you directly if we can accommodate you.

About this course

This course is for students who have already learned to write the Italic hand and wish to develop Italic script variations.
The Italic hand is a versatile script that works large and small, for formal and informal occasions. It is also the one to master if you wish to learn flourishing, which adds decorative extras, producing livelier writing.
We will start by revising the formal Italic hand. By changing one or more of the script characteristics, we will develop script variations. Learn to write the minuscule letters in their letter groups, followed by assembling the letters into words, using good letter and word spacing and developing a good writing rhythm. We will also develop matching capitals. You will put your writing to practical use by creating a personal project using one or more of the Italic script variations.
Homework: some practice between sessions is necessary in order to make continuous progress.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

- Write a minuscule alphabet for an Italic script variation
- Produce even letter and word spacing in your writing
- write a sentence in different pen sizes
- Arrange a/text on a page with due attention to layout and margins
- Put capitals with small letters
- Use the building, tools and materials safely and responsibly

How will I be taught?

Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, one to one guidance, group discussions and critiques. You will look at the work of contemporary and historical scribes and calligraphers and you will keep a portfolio, workbook and individual learning plan (ILP) to record goals, ideas, processes and progress. Students will need to understand the potential benefit from the programme of study, read and interpret ideas, communicate responses that are clear, logical and understandable and manage your own time. You will undertake critical evaluation and be motivated to develop creative skills and enhance personal skills.
You will receive one to one feedback throughout your course.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring your usual calligraphy equipment to the first session, including: a selection of dip pens, ink, water pot, brush, kitchen paper, masking tape, a protractor, layout paper, tracing paper, a ruler, HB pencil, rubber & sharpener, coloured fine-liners, a ballpoint pen and a notebook, if taking notes helps you to learn. Also reading glasses if you use them.

What can I do next?

A further 10 week course, where you revise and improve on a calligraphic basic script you have learned before and develop script variations for your new personal project, practise new techniques and explore new ideas.

What do I need to join the course

This course is for students who have already learned to write the 4 calligraphic basic hands and wish to develop Italic script variations for their new personal projects. After learning to write all 4 basic hands in the Beginners class, the tutor will invite you to join the Improvers class, where we explore variations of the basic scripts and use them in a new personal project, exploring layout & design further.

About the Tutor: Els Van Den Steen

Els Van Den Steen has taught calligraphy in Adult Education for more than 15 years. She is a member of the Cinque Ports Scribes and she exhibits her work with this group. She gained a CLAS Diploma of Calligraphy in 1997.

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Getting there

St Faiths Adult Education Centre
St Faiths Street
ME14 1LH

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 2222 and quote the Course Code MAI/52860/F/PF.
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