Copperplate Calligraphy

Ref: C3530628

A wonderful opportunity to learn the graceful style of Copperplate Calligraphy, including lower case and capital letters, the construction of elegant flourishes and apply these techniques to produce a finished piece of calligraphy.

Additional information about this course

NB There is no session on 26th November

Course aim

To offer a brief introduction to the characteristics of Copperplate Calligraphy including tools and materials, with a view to developing your own hand lettering.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Select appropriate materials for writing Copperplate
  • Construct upper & lower case letterforms in Copperplate
  • Write upper & lower case using suitable ligatures
  • Analyse the characteristics and construct basic flourishes
  • Identify the principles and produce balanced layouts

How will I be taught?

  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • I will monitor and assess students letter forms through a combination of exercises and projects with worksheets to engage with.

What else do I need to know?

  • Comfortable clothing and a good pair of glasses (if needed). We will be sat down for the most part of the course. Reference books and work sheets will be provided. Tools and materials will be available to buy if needed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • The initial session will cover tools and materials which we will discuss including options and availabilty from local shops and websites. Some useful books are: Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy - Eleanor Winters Copperplate Calligraphy - Gordon Turner

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Possible groups to join: Gloucestershire Lettering Artists (GLA) are a local calligraphy group The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS) The Copperplate Special Interest Group Joy Daniels at

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Copperplate Calligraphy

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