Calligraphy for Beginners and Improvers - The Art of Beautiful Writing

Ref: C3528459

An opportunity to be introduced to the style of Foundational Calligraphy. We will analyse how to construct the lower case and capital letters and apply these techniques to produce a finished piece of calligraphy

Course aim

To offer an introduction to the characteristics of Foundational Calligraphy including tools and materials, which is a great style to learn for the beginner. 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:

  • 1 Gain knowledge of the history of the Foundational Hand
  • 2 Select appropriate tools and materials for writing Foundational
  • 3 Construct lower case letterforms in Foundational
  • 4 Construct upper case letterforms in Foundational
  • 5 Identify the principles and produce balanced layouts

How will I be taught?

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • 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. Contemporary Calligraphy - Gillian Hazeldine Calligraphy Made Easy - Gaynor Goffe

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Possible groups to join: Gloucestershire Lettering Artists (GLA) are a local calligraphy group which may be of interest to join. The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS)

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Calligraphy for Beginners and Improvers - The Art of Beautiful Writing


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