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Calligraphy For Beginners - "Uncommon Uncials" one day course

Calligraphy For Beginners - "Uncommon Uncials" one day course

Course Provider: Assington Mill

Contact Name: Anne Holden

Telephone: 01787 229955

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Assington Mill
CO10 5LZ

Course Length: One day (10-4)

Price: £90

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Course Start Dates
Saturday 18th November 2017


Calligraphy For Beginners - "Uncommon Uncials"
Tutor: Jan Jeffreys FCLAS

Definition of uncial: Uncial is a majuscule script (written entirely in capital letters) commonly used from the 3rd to 8th centuries AD by Latin and Greek scribes. Uncial letters were used to write Greek, Latin, and Gothic.

UNCIALS UNCHAINED OR UNCOMMON UNCIALS, for beginners and improvers.

A day to discover the pleasure of writing with the broad-edged pen.

We will look at the beautiful St.Cuthbert Gospel, from the Wearmouth-Jarrow monastery, written by an accomplished scribe sometime before 716 AD, [almost 1300 years ago]

After practising how to make these letters, we will adjust a few elements of this Uncial script to make it more modern, then write out a short quotation.

For those who already have some knowledge of this script we can explore some of the many variations, maybe draw some letters for painting and decoration, and perhaps even add some gold!

Please bring any calligraphy equipment you already have, especially old brushes for paint mixing, and better ones for painting. [All quite small, under no.3]

The essentials will be for sale as listed below, including suitable

papers for your short quote, as well as paints and inks for you to use.

Do bring any words you would particularly like to write out, but

I will bring some words/quotes too.

I WILL BRING THESE ITEMS TO SHARE, but if you have any do bring them (please look at the What to Bring section before attending the class).

Layout paper


Nibs & Reservoirs

For participants to purchase at a cost not exceeding £5.50 in total

What to Bring:

Any tubes of W&N Gouache that you have (but please do NOT go out to buy any.)

Paintbrushes, & some old ones for mixing

Small lidded pots to mix paint in

Water pot

Some Kitchen roll (to dry your pen)

2 x HB Pencils

An Eraser

Ruler 15” long or more

Masking tape

A Board approx 24” x 18” (or as near as possible)

Something to prop the board up on, a squashy handbag will do!

Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.

We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.

Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wetroom; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.

Assington Mill is half a mile from the nearest bus stop or 3 miles from Bures train station if you wish to travel by public transport.

To book please click through (link above) find your course and book online.

What's included in the price?

A lovely organic home made lunch, plus cakes and biscuits. To book please click through (above) find your course (in date order) and book online.

For more information about accommodation and food please see above.

Want to review this course?

I attended this course in October 2014. It was a great introduction to calligraphy, although a lot of people on the course were refreshing skills they'd learnt previously. Jan is an extremely encouraging teacher with a relaxed informal style that puts you at ease. I was amazed at what i'd managed to produce by the end of the day and how much i progressed. I enjoyed the day so much i started in Jans regular monthly lessons in Thaxted, as did another course attendee. I had foolishly turned up to the day with half the stuff i needed which was kindly supplied by Jan & Anne. I have been on several courses at Assington and it is a wonderful, peaceful environment to learn in. The food at lunch is amazing and a lot of it is homegrown and all home cooked. There is also plenty of tea & coffee. I highly recommend this course.


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