What is the course about?
This course follows the creative process in calligraphy. Starting from script analysis you will study closely
a historical script of your choice and learn how to arrange text on a page. The creative process will finish with the creation of a finished work of calligraphy.
What will we cover?
- Analysis of a script.
- Layout design.
- Developing personal version of the script.
- Variations of a script.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use traditional calligraphy tools
- Analyse scripts and create a consistent alphabet
- Introduce variations in your work
- Design a layout
- Produce a finished calligraphic piece.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions for demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching methods will include visual presentations, individual instruction and practical work. You may be invited to take part in group discussions. It is possible to achieve the aims of the course by working at class only. Practice at home, however, would be desirable.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a notebook and a pen. Basic materials and tools will be provided for use during the class, however,
you might want to buy your own tools. Tutor will give you advice on equipment during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VE211 Calligraphy: copperplate and spencarian scripts
VE262 Calligraphy: gothic script
VE210 Calligraphy and decorated letterforms
VE300 Build calligraphy course
VE253 Calligraphy: flourished decorations.
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