What is the course about?
Do you want to learn how to create a beautiful and personal style of cursive handwriting? We will begin by writing a simple italic alphabet first with a gel pen and then an italic fountain pen. We will look at examples of handwriting from the 15th century to the present day to see how the letterforms can inspire and inform your work.
What will we cover?
• Writing a simple cursive alphabet
• Writing with an italic fountain pen.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Write a cohesive cursive script with a gel pen
• Write a cohesive cursive script with an italic fountain pen
• Space letters and words correctly
• How to write capital letterforms
More advanced students:
•Work on self-directed projects with help and advise from the tutor.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for the complete beginner or those who wish to refresh their calligraphy skills.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs,
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?
During the class there will be group and individual demonstrations. You will be given examples and worksheets
which enable you to develop at your own pace. It will be beneficial if you can do some practice between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No equipment is needed for the first session. However, you will need to provide or purchase an A3 folder for handouts and worksheets.
Advice will be given about tools and materials if you wish to progress to further study.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The Calligraphy department runs a wide range of courses. Your tutor will be happy to advise you on suitable courses in the main 2018/19 programme according to your level and interests.
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