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Introduction to Modern Calligraphy — Overview

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 with peers.

The course is about learning the basics from perfecting drills to learning alphabets and letter formation as well as 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 calligraphy projects, perfecting their lettering and layout styles and exploring various calligraphy methods and materials.

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 to learn modern calligraphy from beginner through to an intermediate level.


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 alphabet.

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, spacing, variations and connections and starting forming your first words and sentences - including the perfect menu!

Week 3
Time for Tea:
We’ll start looking at how to write onto various mediums and surfaces and personalising your own mug.

Week 4
Be Good, Do Good, Feel Good:
Learning various ways to write a simple quote and looking into the art of bounce lettering.

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 the course, learner achievement and progression, most importantly... Celebration!

Please note, the above course content should be viewed as a guide. The tutor may choose to alter content according to student needs.

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.

In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Plymouth College of Art has temporarily closed its buildings until further notice to protect the health and safety of staff, students and visitors. For more information please click here.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy — Modules

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy — Staff

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

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