Calligraphy: Script and Colour

Subject: Calligraphy
Dates: 19 March 2018 - 23 March 2018
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: The Prince's School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Gaynor Goffe
Full price
£ 385
Student concession
£ 310
OAP concession
£ 310

This will be an intensive week of calligraphy, suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced, as much of the tuition is on an individual basis with frequent group demonstrations.

The development of Western calligraphy since Roman times encompasses a wide variety of scripts. Learning a selection of these historical scripts provides a firm foundation for more personal exploration with letter form and design.

Beginners will learn one or two scripts and those with previous experience of calligraphy can improve scripts, Iearn new scripts and experiment with script variations according to personal preference, and all course participants can use them in tutor-led projects in the layout and design of texts, using ink, and colour in the pen and background. Beginners will achieve an understanding of letter form and letter spacing, in the particular scripts studied, plus basic lay out and design and use of tools and materials.

More experienced calligraphers will progress their skills and understanding of a variety of letter forms and design.

What should I bring?

Please bring a pen holder; a range of Mitchell or Rexel square-cut 'round hand' nibs (for all scripts except copperplate, and left oblique for left-handers), sizes 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5 and 4; and 2 slip-on reservoirs (the ones with 2 little holes in).

Example of square-cut, round hand nibs: https://www.scribblers.co.uk/product/william-mitchell-round-hand-set-square-cut

All other materials will be provided, but if you have any calligraphy materials in addition to the ones listed above, feel free to bring them along to the class.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

Tutor biography

Gaynor Goffe

Gaynor Goffe has been a professional calligrapher for 35 years and has taught widely in the UK, Europe, USA, and Japan. She trained in the mid-1970s at Reigate School of Art & Design in calligraphy, heraldic design, and illumination. She worked for calligrapher Donald Jackson for three years in the late-1970's. She is a long-standing Fellow of the Society of Scribes & Illuminators and the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, and a member of Letter Exchange. She has written two books, Calligraphy Made Easy and Calligraphy Step by Step, and runs her own correspondence courses. She works to commission, particularly making creative panels of poetry and prose, some incorporating letter-carved stone.