Calligraphy and illumination

Course Dates: 15/01/19 - 19/03/19
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Ann Moring

Study lettering, illuminating, heraldry and gold leaf. You will get advice on tools and materials, and basic materials are included. Left handers are welcome.


What is the course about?

We will learn to construct and write letter forms, and how to design finished pieces of lettering, including illuminated letters using colour and gold leaf.

What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:

"High quality teaching, professional expertise of tutor. Group atmosphere, classroom facilities."


What will we cover?

An introduction to Foundational Hand, lower case then capitals, using various sizes, numbers, letters, word spacing, layout and quotations. You can also learn other styles such as Italic, Gothic, Uncials and Copperplate, as well as illuminated letters beginning with the use of colour and then gold leaf. You can use different papers, vellum etc.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

1. Demonstrate the basics of Foundation Hand and Pointed Italic lower case
2. Develop capitals in various sizes of lettering, word spacing and layouts.
3. Design and and produce a finished piece in both hands or a design for literary pieces provided.
4. Produce pieces on a variety of papers.

For more advanced learners:
1. Use Italic letterforms, Uncils, Versals and Copperplate lettering
2. Write illuminated letters using paint and progressing to gold leaf.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

From complete beginners to intermediate, progressing to advanced levels. The course empahsis is on perfect letter forms and innovative design. Each student will be given the confidence to develop at their own pace and not feel pressured to produce quantity rather than quality.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group and individual demonstrations supported by discussions and visual references, but mainly learning by doing.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Some tools are available for purchase from the department, and advice on buying equipment will be given by the tutor during the course. Most materials can be obtained from the tutor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other suitable courses in calligraphy and lettering include VE258 Beautiful writing, VE259 Lettering with Illustration and VE260 Lettering and layout.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Customer Reviews 2 item(s)

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Just completed a second term of this class - really great as follow-on as well as beginner, once again packed with knowledge, excellent tutoring, and a very active and engaged class. Superb materials and course plan. Very supportive atmosphere which can cope with all levels. Simply great!
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Review by Clare / (Posted on 16/07/2017)
This course is packed with knowledge and experience from a great tutor. A lovely group atmosphere, very creative, very supportive for all levels including complete beginners (which was me).
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Review by Clare / (Posted on 29/03/2017)

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Course Code: VE228

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Tue, day, 15 Jan - 19 Mar '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £239.00
Concession: £182.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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