Modern calligraphy is based on the manuscripts written by scribes through the ages, from the 5th century to the end of the Renaissance. Under the guidance of Gilly you will study their letters, learning how to write them and then adapt them for contemporary use.
By the end of the 15th century, the script of the Middle Ages, Gothic, had reached a point where it was almost indecipherable due to compression and the letters being made up of virtually identical strokes. The scribes of the time decided that something had to be done about legibility and eventually the great script of the Renaissance emerged: the italic hand.
This is probably the most important script for the modern calligrapher, elegant, flowing and capable of almost endless variation. We will study the formal script in this workshop which is aimed at those with some previous experience of calligraphy who wish to extend and improve their skills.
What to expect
Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.
Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.
Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.
We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!
What you’ll need to bring with you
As this is a workshop aimed at improvers, it is assumed that you will be able to bring your own calligraphy pen.
Please also bring the following. If you do not have any of these items please let us know as many items can be borrowed from ArtisOn.
Mitchell nibs sizes 4 and 2 (or Leonardt nibs) with penholders
A board, approx 570mm x 410mm (23 x 16 inches)
Blotting paper or newspaper to pad the board
An H and an HB pencil
A ruler, preferably 460mm (18 inches)
An A3 cartridge pad with a smooth surface (not a Sketch pad)
A bottle of ink, preferably Higgins Eternal (ink must be non-waterproof and acrylic inks are not suitable)