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Calligraphy for Beginners and Improvers - weekend course

Calligraphy for Beginners and Improvers - weekend course

Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt

Course Length: Weekend (Fri-Sun)

Price: £233

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Course Start Dates
Friday 27th October 2017


2017 Course dates:

Friday 27th October to Sunday 29th October

Beginners and improvers are equally welcome on this weekend calligraphy course, since the tuition can easily be adapted to meet everyone's individual needs. You will be encouraged to work in one or more calligraphy scripts, for example Formal or Cursive Italic, Foundational Hand, Uncial, Versal or other capitals. You can learn or revise the scripts of your choice, experiment with the letterform variations and use the scripts in short projects to encourage rhythm in writing and good layout and design. Colour in the pen and background can be explored and simple illumination or decoration used where appropriate, drawing inspiration for subject material from the local countryside or from our extensive art and environment libraries.

Gaynor Goffe, BA Hons, London University, Surrey Diploma in Art and Design, is a freelance calligrapher. She spent three years as an assistant to calligrapher Donald Jackson, followed by 16 years teaching on the calligraphy courses at the Roehampton Institute and 3 years teaching at Reigate School of Art and Design. She is a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and also a Fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society. Her two books, Calligraphy Made Easy and Calligraphy Step-by-Step (with Anna Ravenscroft) were published in 1994.

Equipment and Materials

Please bring the following with you:
* range of Rexel square cut ‘round hand’ nibs (left oblique for left-handers)
penholders and slip-on reservoirs
* non-waterproof Indian ink, e.g. Pelikan 4001
* A3 Goldline or other good quality lay-out pad, e.g. Winsor & Newton cartridge, smooth, A3 pad
* several tubes of Winsor & Newton designer’s gouache
* mixing palette and brush
* scissors, cutting knife
* tape, tissues, HB pencil, ruler, rubber
* Pritt stick (or similar)

If you wish to do copperplate please bring two Brause EF 66 nibs and a bottle of Brian Walker’s copperplate ink

For course participants wishing to experiment with colour in the background, additionally bring:
* deep-welled mixing palette
* large, flat wash brush, approximately 11/2” wide – hake brushes are inexpensive
* 2 or more pots of Plaka casein emulsion (from good art shops) and/or FW acrylic inks, and/or Winsor & Newton ‘Galeria’
* chalk pastels, several colours
* at least three sheets of good quality hot pressed paper, 200lbs weight, e.g. Fabriano 5, Fabriano Artistico, or Winsor & Newton

Recommended Books:
You may find the following of interest as background reading:
The Calligrapher’s Companion by Mary Noble and Janet Mehigan (Collins)
Colour Calligraphy by Mary Noble and Adrian Waddington (Search Press)
The Painted Word by Dave Wood
A Handwriting Manual by Alfred Fairbank (Faber)
Modern Scribes and Lettering Artists (Trefoil)
Calligraphy Today ed. Heather Child (Studio Vista)
The Calligraphers’ Project Book by Suzanne Haines (Collins)
Calligraphy Masterclass by Diana Hoare (Collins)
Calligraphy Made Easy by Gaynor Goffe (Paragon/Robinson)
Calligraphy Step-by-Step by Gaynor Goffe and Anna Ravenscroft (Harper Collins)

What's included in the price?

The fee also includes accommodation in your own room. Please enquire about the fees for shared room occupancy as well as non-residential rates (tuition only).
Up to 8 hours of tuition a day.
Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day
Use of resources including library, workrooms, studios and the Centre grounds
Transport during the courses.
Insurance to cover cancellation, personal belongings, personal accident, legal liability and medical emergency.
If you would like accommodation, full board accommodation includes a cooked breakfast, picnic lunch, home made cakes and an evening meal. Vegetarian and other dietary options available.

Want to review this course?

I have been studying with Gaynor for several years and long may it continue. She is both an excellent calligrapher and tutor, offering guidance and support whilst encouraging her pupils to develop their own style.
Flatford Mill is a tranquil weekend retreat. Be prepared for basic accommodation but a very warm welcome and wholesome food. A great place to get away from the madness of modern life.


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