Taster - An Introduction to calligraphy

Ref: C3530209

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 a theme for a Christmas card. 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?

  • 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?

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Possible groups to join Local calligraphy group Gloucestershire Lettering Artists (GLA) The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS) The Copperplate Special Interest Society

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Taster - An Introduction to calligraphy


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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