Calligraphy for beginners - taster session.

Ref: C3529288

A wonderful opportunity to be introduced to the graceful style of Modern Calligraphy which is based on the historic script of Copperplate. This informal hand writing style is a great way to learn the traditional methods with a pen holder, nib and ink, adding your own personal touch to the writing. Lower case, Capitals and joining the letters will be applied to to create your own name or short quote. All tools and materials will be provided.

Course aim

To offer an introduction to Modern 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?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Experience is not necessary. A keen interest to learn the style is all that is required.

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

  • Select appropriate materials for writing Modern Calligraphy
  • Construct upper & lower case letterforms in Modern Calligraphy
  • Write upper & lower case using suitable ligatures
  • Analyse the characteristics and construct basic flourishes
  • Continue to develop my own personal style

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • I will monitor and assess students letter forms through a combination of exercises, worksheets and demonstrations.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Possible groups to join Local calligraphy group Gloucestershire Lettering Artists (GLA) The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS) The Copperplate Special Interest Society

Download full course outline

Calligraphy for beginners - taster session. Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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