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Plymouth College of Art - 10 Week Introduction to Calligraphy

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Tavistock Place



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This course is aimed at people interested in learning and developing skills and

techniques to communicate visually. Throughout the course you will learn about some of

the key skills involved in being a calligrapher. You will also get the chance to work with

unique calligraphic tools and techniques to create an array of typographical projects.

Sessions are a mixture of tutor-led talks, demonstrations, experimentation with artist's

materials, calligraphy techniques, one-to-one support and sharing/communicating with


The course will be all about learning the basics from perfecting drills to learning

alphabets and letter formation. We’ll then be moving on to how to connect letters the

correct way to form words. Once words are formed we will be looking into breaking

some of the rules of traditional calligraphy to create some truly beautiful calligraphy

artwork. Attendees can expect to create their own alphabet, calligraphy projects,

perfecting their lettering and layout styles and then we’ll be looking into various

calligraphy methods and materials. We’ll be also looking at traditional calligraphy

because we firmly believe you need to have an understanding of where a style has

developed from in order to progress with your own.

Although you will practise your calligraphy skills this is not exclusively an instructional

course. At each level learners will be encouraged to develop at their own rate through

practising tutor-led tasks. This course is suitable for those looking learn modern

calligraphy from beginner through to an intermediate level.

Location: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place

Start Time: 18:00

End Time: 21:00

Start Date: 08/01/2018

End Date: 19/03/2018

Day: Monday

Fee: £220

Course Content

Week 1

Welcome to the world of Modern Calligraphy:

Introductions; what is modern calligraphy; posture and pen holding, learning those

beginners practice drills, perfect calligraphy supplies to get your started, learning your


Week 2

Let’s get connected:

Weekly practice drill warm ups to increase muscle memory, I’ll be showing you some of

my favourite drills. Next will be all about letter placement and connections and starting

forming your first words and sentences - including the perfect menu!

Week 3

Be Good, Do Good, Feel Good:

Learning various ways to write a simple quote we will be looking at letter spacing and

forming variations and the art of bounce lettering. We’ll start looking how to write onto

various mediums and surfaces.

Week 4

A Little Mix:

Learning to make and mix your own inks. Working on creating a personalised monogram

crest with complementary calligraphy illustration.

Week 5

The envelope challenge:

Using your placement and spacing skills to create some beautiful and perfectly post-able

envelope calligraphy.

Week 6

Final project planning:

Working towards the final outcome which is to be a calligraphic quote/lyrics poster or a

project of your choice which will both be calligraphed each student. Visually mapping

and brainstorming ideas, spacing and layout via sketchbook.

Week 7

Learning your ABC’s / Back to the Future:

Exploring and creating your very own alphabet to include in your final project including

complementary lettering. Taking a look back with a brief introduction into Copperplate

Calligraphy - using these skills to help bolster your knowledge and moving forward.

Week 8

Getting on with things:

One to one tutorials are available during this stage as students progress their final

calligraphy projects, the goal being to create a poster using your favourite quote/poem/

literary passage using the various techniques taught in the previous weeks. Self study

time and short workshops.

Week 9

Finishing things off:

Supported self study followed by final touches to projects, additional tutorials can be

delivered on a one to one or group basis.

Week 10

We made it!:

Evaluation of course, learner achievement and progression, most importantly...


Entry Requirements

None. This course is suitable for both beginners and those looking to improve.

Materials and Equipment

You will be supplied with your very own calligraphy kit which includes penholders, pencil,

nibs, ink bottle, various paper stocks and guide sheets. Feel free to bring along any

materials you have an interest in experimenting with such as ink, watercolours, acrylic

paints, agate, wood, shells, handmade paper, gouache, Crayola pens, etc. Students are

encouraged to bring along their own sketchbook for the final project preparations.

Please note that all courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient

numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if

insufficient student numbers are recruited.

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