Calligraphy is a delicate and elegant yet endangered craft. This 6-week course is an introduction to the art form’s true meaning: calli- kalos in Greek, meaning “fine,” and -graphy from the Greek grapho meaning “write.”
Following an old-school philosophy, and beginning with the fundamental methods and principles of implements and materials, students will be taught key calligraphy terms, structural guidelines, scale, angles, direction and basic pen strokes. Starting with the dual-pencil technique, the class will progress to the broad-edged nib while learning the Foundational Hand developed by Edward Johnston in the early 20th century (based on the 15th century Humanist script), which is the essential starting point for learning other hands such as Italic, Uncial, Rustic and Blackletter.
No prior experience or skills are necessary. The only prerequisites are enthusiasm and the willingness to learn the skills needed to create beautiful letters. All supplies are provided.
Offering formal multiple-week courses at various venues (as weekday or evening classes). Private sessions at students’ homes can also be arranged.
INTRODUCTION TO CALLIGRAPHY
The Humanist/Foundational Hand
Italic, Blackletter (Textur and Fraktur), Uncial, Insular, Rustic Hands, and Imperial Roman Capitals
CALLIGRAPHY ART PROJECTS
Weathergrams, ornaments, 3D cards, agamographs, etc.
Applied Blackletter calligraphy – work of student Beth Vogl
ILLUMINATION and MONOGRAM WORKSHOPS
Covering Ridgefield, CT, Fairfield County in CT and Westchester County in NY
Calligraphic holiday ornaments – work of student Lynne Salierno
Newly scheduled classes at Founders Hall in Ridgefield, CT
“Ornamental Handwriting” – Dates: (5 weeks, 12:30-2:00p) January 9, 16, 23, 30 and February 6, 2019
“Creative Monogram Design” – Dates: (4 weeks, 2:30-4:00p) January 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2019
Newly scheduled classes at The Art Spot in Danbury, CT
“Introduction to Calligraphy” Try-It! workshop – December 6, 2018 from 7:00-9:00p
“Introduction to Calligraphy” course – Dates: (6 weeks, 7:00-9:00p) January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6 and 13, 2019
“Introduction to Harry Potter Scripts/Calligraphy” workshop for kids – May 12 from 1:00-3:00p