Workshop: English Roundhand - Part 1 & 2

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English Roundhand is the basis for Copperplate Script. If you have an interest in Copperplate Script, you will find this 2-day workshop will give you a deeper understanding of how to approach them both in their historical context and contemporary forms. You will be introduced to a broader range of letterform variations and writing subtleties.

The workshop will be centred around the use of softer pencils, 4B and 6B pencils, to gain a working knowledge of how the script varies over a 300year period. Needless to say, with augmentations to the script every 50years or so, there is an amazing array of majuscule and minuscule alterations which creep into the hand giving it much excitement and possibility.

Once you have a command of the script in its pencil form, we will look at how to approach it with a pointed flexible nib. We will look at how to use both Straight and Oblique holders for a closer approximation to the historical form. The ‘PAScribe Tool Coordinate System’ will feature heavily as there will be a lot of tool manipulation involved.

Traditional English Roundhand was written with a small left oblique cut quill and so comparative letterforms can prove to be a little tricky but become easier once you are able to see the nuances of the writing system. I will demonstrate with the quills as well, to aid you in your understanding of this amazing hand.

I cannot tell you how elated I am to teach this workshop! You will be surprised and have a complete change of mind about the intricacies of English Roundhand. I look forward to opening your minds and hearts to something not well known but so expansive in its scope.

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For all classes and workshops, you will be required to watch and study videos on posture, placement of page and position of the hand, as well as the death grip and studio set up. You will get these links when you sign up.

Please purchase your tools and materials well in advance of the course so you can at least test them out and familiarise yourself with them.

Please do some practise before attending the class at least some exercises to limber up your hand. Coming to class without any practise in the week of the class will only be a disservice to yourself.

Tools & Materials -

We will provide the exemplars and guidelines – you need to print them off. It is best to have a look at them before the class to ensure you have an idea of the sense and feel of the script. Please do not with the material, look at it and make notes. If you start practising without instruction you will only embed bad habits which will only take longer to unlearn.

Paper – Layout or Marker Pad A4 or US Letter no Tracing Paper. Something you can see through once the guidelines are under it.

Nibs – Finer is better like a Hunt 22B nib, you can go as fine as Gillott 303 nibs but NO G NIBS

Ink – Whatever you feel comfortable with.

Quills - At least 2 quills (optional)

Pencil - An HB, 4B and a 6B, a separate pencil if you are writing notes in pencil, not the practise one. Or normal pencils to work in and a mechanical pencil to make notes in.

Pen - A fine tip red pen or a colour which contrasts with the ink you are writing in.

Light - Ensure the light is bright and movable so you do not end up with shadows.

Other tools –

A straight edged ruler, a protractor, 4 small paperclips, 4 blank guard sheets (A4 or US Letter), a playing card (a larger size if you are a little clumsy), a cloth to wipe your nib on, a short open mouth jar of water, blue tac, a strip of fine sandpaper, a pencil sharpener, quill knife or Exact Knife with pack of blades (no scalpel knives nor blades), Arkansas Stone, (if using a quill knife), little piece of flat glass

Remember to watch the videos:

Posture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3o-XqiDohs

Placement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz2806GJteQ

Position: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWtvNpVNOqA&t=1s

Additional -

No hard soled shoes, ideally you want to just be wearing socks, cushions in the event you need to get more height at the desk, if you are short a box to rest your feet on,

If you are tall sort out your seat to table ratio well before the workshop, preferable working at a straight edged table, short sleeves (if you are wearing a long-sleeved shirt or jumper/sweater, you will need to roll it up past your elbow), a crumpled ball of paper.

See Death Grip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7juqXd8z_c,

an unsharpened pencil with an eraser on the back (do not use this to erase) or if you can get a larger than normal size pencil with an eraser that would be preferable).

Clear you writing surface of anything other than what is listed you need the space.

If you can roll out a large sheet of paper over the area you are writing that would be great, I have an amazing trick I can teach you. Make sure the paper is thick enough to use again. A large flat sheet will work. It needs to cover the WHOLE are you are working on, tools and ink including.

It is your responsibility to ensure your desk and chair are at the right height. See the videos.

Workspace and Posture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_usS8_cSbgI&t=1721s

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Organiser Paul Antonio Scribe

Organiser of Workshop: English Roundhand - Part 1 & 2

Paul Antonio is the author of 'Copperplate Script - A Yin&Yang Approach'. A new and innovative way to look at and learn to write copperplate script. This new method simplifies the approach so anyone can learn the script. 

Paul's research into the geometry of writing has led him to a new vision of how we put pen to paper. This research is so exciting as it gives the participant access to quicker learning and application of calligraphy. 

Being passionate about lettering history, Paul has worked on copying Ancient Hieroglyphs in Egypt for the MET, NYC and is one of the four Crown Office Scribes who handwrites some of the laws of the UK unto vellum for signing by Her Majesty The Queen. He also studied English Palaeography and Manuscript History.



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