I will teach the participants a range of different calligraphy styles. I will start off with a presentation and an introduction on every subject. After that, all different facets will be taken in steps, so that the complex process of calligraphy is offered manageable and accessible. Righthanded ánd lefthanded people are welcome, but the participants need to have calligraphy skills already. The goal of the 3-days workshop is to let the participants experience the process of inventing your own writing systems, to be creative and to discover things we’ve never seen before!
The Roman calligraphy is seen as the very basics of the letters and fonts that we see and use today. By following a clear set of basic rules, one is able to create an entire alphabet with just a few brush strokes. Later we will continue with Blackletters, a more systematic approach to the alphabet. We will work on lowercase and uppercase.
Tools: We’re using a flat brush with synthetic hairs. Based on the progress that’s made during the workshop we can change tools at the last part of the workshop, for instance: Parallel Pen or metal broad nibs.
From what we’ve learned in day one, we will continue with making new writing systems. Changing the set of rules will lead to new styles. For instance: what happens when all bottoms are written in different angle? What happens if you turn the brush during the strokes? What is your personal preference? Once you know a new ‘writing system’ you have to try this on every character, to see if the system is working. This part of the process is the hardest but the most fun!
Tools: We’re writing with flat nib or brush.
By gaining knowhow about writing and drawing letters, one is still not able to put this to a final result. A good and well balanced composition will convince the viewer with our massage or alphabet. Also, combining different writing styles would make your image undeniable attractive. I’d like to challenge the participants to combine multiple styles, including at least one from day two.
Tools: All tools are possible to use, but the pencil is a must for setting the guidelines. For the final work: flat nib or brush.