North West Calligraphersforthcoming workshops

JULY 2018

The Lettering of David Jones - Janet Smith

Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 14th July 2018
Lower Withington:             Sunday 15th July 2018

David Jones was a 20th Century British artist (and writer and poet). Among his works are pieces of lettering which he called “painted inscriptions”. These will be our starting point as we create our own personal versions of lively capital letters. The class will be suitable for all, but it will be helpful to have
had some experience of writing with edged pens.


Usual tool kit (see list p25), plus:
•Smaller nibs (such as Mitchell 4 or 5, Brause 1 or 0.5)
•Practice paper including one sheet of layout or tracing paper
•A few small pieces of good paper - coloured and textured papers will work nicely
•Some short quotes to write out.


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The Lettering of Charles Rennie Mackintosh - Clare Whittaker

Charles Rennie Macintosh RosePort Sunlight:                    Saturday 8th September 2018
Lower Withington:             Sunday 9th September 2018

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is principally known as an architect but he was also an artist and designer. At the heart of the ‘arts and crafts movement’ he is hailed as a fore-runner of the ‘modern movement’. We shall look at his distinctive style, his use of lettering, his drawing and painting especially those of his roses. We shall combine both painting and lettering and design our own images.

Usual tool kit and practice paper, plus:
•               watercolour paper
•               some dark paper
•               tracing paper
•               pencils and coloured aquarelles
•               fineliner and thicker felt-tips, preferably waterproof
•               pointed and/or monoline nibs
•               small paintbrush
•               watercolour paints
•               black ink
•               white gouache

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Calligraphic Christmas Cards - Viven Lunniss

Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 13th October 2018
Lower Withington:             Sunday 14th October 2018

Our focus will be to make a smaller version of Sally’s ‘Thank You Card’ (as seen at the AGM) and, depending on available time, we will also use lettering to make unique greetings cards in a variety of designs and structures with a festive theme, although the designs and skills used here are useful for other celebrations.
Christmas Cards
Beginners are welcome (especially from Andrew Cowley’s class) and more experienced students.

There will be various materials available for purchase on the day.

Usual calligraphy kit, plus
•               Bone folder (sometimes called a paper creaser)
•               Tracing paper
•               Smooth cartridge paper, approx. 130 gsm
•               Any cards, decorative paper and festive bling that you may have
•               Colouring media of choice: Gouache (& palette, brushes, etc), watercolour/watercolour pencils, gel pens or coloured pencils etc.
•               Exemplars of your favourite scripts, or a good book as reference.

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How to Create a Unique Script - Cherrell Avery

Port Sunlight:                    Saturday 10th November 2018
Lower Withington:             Sunday 11th November 2018

Suitable for all levels of ability
This experimental workshop will enable you to create a whole new range of letters with your edged pen and develop them into a distinct alphabet of your own. Although based on historical scripts the results will have a very different, contemporary feel.
Script example
There will be group exercises to help you take a close look at letter characteristics and through individual guided practise learn how to modify and adapt these letters. By adding elements from existing scripts and possibly designing your own 'extras', new and exciting forms begin to emerge. See how the letters work together and use them in a small project. Once you understand the process and have the confidence, the possibilities are endless!

Usual tool kit, plus:
•               various sizes of Mitchell or Brause nibs (whichever you prefer to use)
•               Black ink
•               Practice paper
•               2 or 3 sheets of good quality paper (A4 size)
•               Short one line quotation

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