Uncial Calligraphy for Beginners

Uncial Calligraphy for Beginners

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Uncial Calligraphy for Beginners – Sydney Course

Uncial Calligraphy for Beginners, will take you step-by-step through the techniques of writing beautiful rounded letterforms that can be used for your favourite quotes, special messages for a loved one, to pen a greeting card, to embellish your scrapbooking or to write your own invitations.

These modern Uncial letterforms are based on 5th century Christian manuscripts.

You will be guided through a small project to create your own piece of calligraphic art, embellished with touches of colour.

By the end of this course, you will know how to use a 30 degree pen angle with double pencils and a chisel edge nib, how to construct Uncial letters with pen & ink, how to understand letter spacing,
how to apply colour to embellish your calligraphy and more.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and Ryde. Enrol today or enquire now!

Course Outline

In this course ‘Uncial Calligraphy for Beginners’, you will learn:

  • To identify and use a 30 degree pen angle with double pencils
  • To identify and use a 30 degree pen angle with a chisel edge nib
  • To recognise Uncial lettering characteristics
  • To construct Uncial letters with pen & ink
  • To understand letter spacing
  • To understand interlinear spacing
  • Proportions for Uncial calligraphy
  • Calligraphy terminologies
  • How using a chisel edge nib and ink to do calligraphy creates consistent thick and thin lines
  • How to apply colour to embellish your calligraphy
  • Simple layout and design for Uncial lettering
  • To draw up and execute a piece of calligraphic art

Course Outcome

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand basic terminology used in calligraphy practice
  • Recognise and demonstrate using a 30 degree pen angle with double pencils
  • Recognise and demonstrate using a 30 degree pen angle with a chisel edge nib
  • Recognise & construct Uncial letters with pen & ink
  • Recognise and use correct proportions for Uncial letters
  • Recognise & use different interlinear spacing
  • Draw up and execute a piece of calligraphic art
  • Embellish your calligraphy with colour

What to Bring

Please bring:

  • 2B mechanical/pacer pencil
  • Ruler, 30cm or longer
  • Eraser
  • Empty jar, for rinse water
  • Rag, soft & absorbent like t-shirt fabric
  • Colour media, what you have or prefer to use: colour pencils; pigment markers
  • paints – water colours or watercolour gouache, acrylics
  • NB: include small fine pointed brush, mixing brush & palette with paints
  • Calligraphy kit from The Art Scene, Sydney
  • Zig Memory System Calligraphy Marker Dual Tip (2mm & 5mm) Black
  • Ink Pen Set with 5 Nibs & Pen Holder
  • Derivan Ink 36ml Black
  • A3 size Arttec Bank Layout Pad 50gsm
  • 1 × 185gsm sheet of hot-press (smooth) watercolour paper

Important Information

Please note: You will need access to the internet and a smartphone, tablet, computer or laptop in order to participate in the livestream video classes.

Prerequisite: Essential

  • Completion of ‘Calligraphy Intro & Decorated Letter’ workshop, or
  • Basic knowledge of calligraphy terminology, including pen angle using a chisel edge nib

Delivery Mode

Online learning for this course is at scheduled class times and sessions. It could include:

  • Livestream video classes online;
  • Interaction with your tutor and other students during livestream video sessions;
  • Group exercises, group discussion, reading dialogue, written exercises, and games to practice new learned skills in an enjoyable way.

Please note: You will need access to the internet and a smartphone, tablet, computer or laptop in order to participate in the livestream video classes.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and Ryde. Enrol today or enquire now!

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