At the Stroke of a Pen - with Penny Moore
$143.00 - $172.00
29 February to 4 April
6 week course
For ages 13 and Up
Writing began with making marks, so that’s where we’ll begin as we explore different tools, papers, inks and paints. Then we’ll learn the strokes that make up many different forms of calligraphy but will focus on using dip pens and uncial, a script dating back before medieval times. It was decorated and coloured so we’ll do that too, then give it a modern twist with pointed pens and shadows – think graffiti! We’ll take a playful approach and create something you can use each week. Calligraphy does take a lot of practice, but it is very satisfying as your own style emerges.
If you have no experience at all, or if you’ve tried calligraphy in the past and need to hit ‘Refresh’, you’ll have fun trying out ancient and modern approaches to writing.
The aim is to develop foundation skills that lead to further exploration of calligraphy and its possibilities for other creative arts.
If there is interest, a follow up course may be offered that begins or ends with a simple hand-made journal.
By the end of the course you will...
- be able to write uncial script using broad and pointed pens
- use uncial script in the design of a variety of paper items
- know how to use and care for different types of writing implements
- know how to select appropriate inks, paints, papers and tools
Week 1: Learn mark making with different tools, papers and inks, calligraphy terminology, different hands – very brief history, foundation strokes, Ideas for practice, and colour combinations considered.
Week 2: Review basic strokes, miniscule uncial alphabet, and ruling own guidelines. Building muscle memory through “Calligraphy Boggle” and N Chains. Analyse letter groups for easy learning, comparative letter widths, different hands, and spacing letters.
Week 3: Experiment with a broad pen -writing pangrams, and word strings, focusing on space of words and texts.
Week 4: Drawing lower case as capitals in Traditional and modern styles using colour and pattern on the page.
Week 5: Using Pointed pen we'll visit basic strokes and revisited, pressure & release, varying intensity of colour, spacing through labyrinth and circle designs.
Week 6: Using broad and pointed pen together doing split capitals, filigree and antennae, layout and design.
This list is ambitious and will be shortened or extended to match participants’ interests.
Materials required for the course:
Nothing needed for first session, but for practice at home and later lessons participants will need:
- 1 x 2B or 3B pencil and sharpener
- A4 Zeta pad
- Ink or gouache (any colour and a palette)
- Small paint brush (not high quality)
- Any coloured card, interesting papers or watercolour paper already to hand
- Glue stick
I would prefer participants to choose nibs after trying some in class. Sizes and brands are not always easily available , substitutes may be needed but those in the calligraphy supplies at KACC could be borrowed.
- Broad nibs – e.g. Mitchell 3 or 2
- Pointed nibs – e.g Leonardt EF
Entirely optional: Pilot parallel pen(s) 2.4mm and/or 3.8mm These are expensive $25 each, so don’t get one until you are sure you will use it.
These items can be purchased at Gordon Harris. Students at KACC get a 10% discount
Note regarding payment:
When you check out we offer two options for payment - internet banking or credit card. Our preference is internet banking as:
- We get the money the next day rather than 10 days later
- We don't pay credit card fees of approximately 2%
- It's much quicker for the Centre Manager to administrate
On completing your order you'll be given the bank account number.