Calligraphy for Beginners - Italics

Calligraphy for Beginners - Italics

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Calligraphy for Beginners – Italics – Sydney Course

This course is designed to introduce people to the Art of Calligraphy, its rich history and an understanding of the development of our Modern Alphabet. The focus during the course will be on Arrighi’s Italic Alphabet. We will start with gaining an understanding of working with our calligraphy pen, a chisel shaped nib, whilst continuing to refine our calligraphic technique by focusing on letter construction, pen angles and spacial awareness. We will then move onto learning the Italic Hand Chancery Cursive of Ludovico Arrighi. This course is designed for beginners but is also suitable for intermediate students with some background in calligraphy.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction to writing with a chisel shaped nib by creating pen patterns
  • Introduction to the Italic hand, its style, letter construction and characteristics
  • We will continue to study letter form and spacing and further refine our skills
  • We will study Capitals and their origins and combine them with the lower case Italic
  • We will study Arrighi’s influences, typefaces and fonts
  • The final lessons we will introduce colour, layout and design skills with the idea of combining them to create a piece of work or personalized project

Course Outcome

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Write with a chisel shaped nib
  • Construct letters and numerals of Italic hand
  • Achieve spacial awareness
  • Achieve analytical skills for letter form and shape
  • Achieve an understanding of layout and design skills
  • Be able to apply colour and design techniques
  • Be able to apply all learned skills to a piece of work or project

What to Bring

  • A4 or A3 layout pad – Canson
  • Chiselled Shape nibs – Brause #3.5mm and #2mm – recommended or any other nibs you may have in your kit eg Speedball, William Mitchell
  • Pen Holder
  • Ink – Black Sumi ink or Chinese Stick ink
  • Coloured inks – Matisse recommended
  • Ruler
  • Water jar, rag

Important Information

  • Calligraphy Kits are available from the tutor for $30. This is not included in course fee.

Prerequisite: Desirable

This level is suitable for complete beginners as well as intermediate students with some calligraphic experience.

Delivery Mode

  • The class is delivered in a classroom