Introduction to abstract calligraphy workshop in Edinburgh's historic New Town

Introduction to abstract calligraphy workshop in Edinburgh's historic New Town

Duration: Half day

Price: £55

Run by: The Arienas Collective

Contact: Lynn Powell

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About the Course

Release your inner creative on our Introduction to abstract calligraphy experience run by Edinburgh artist Panna Chauhan.

Calligraphy is an art form lasting over centuries. Even in its simplest form it can look beautiful, and it is an art form that can be learned...with patience.

On the Introduction to creative calligraphy experience you will begin with a short introduction to the basics of calligraphy including the different types of nibs, correct sizing of letters and how to hold the pen with the right tension to achieve a fluid letter. You will practice letter forms in the 'foundational' hand, and create a calligraphy piece to take home and inspire you to keep practising.

You will then apply your newly acquired writing skills to creating a more abstract calligraphy piece, where the letters do not have to be lined, and you can be creative and inventive, letting the letters flow in a direction that feels right. You will have the option of creating your abstract calligraphy piece onto paper, which you will then frame ready to take home; or onto a small piece of silk using gold or silver markers, which you will then colour in using silk paints which will also give you a taster of how silk painting works.

Refreshment breaks - featuring locally sourced products - are an important part of The Arienas Collective experience. We are fortunate to have a fantastic range of independent shops and producers nearby who we love to support. Our breaks allow time to socialise, make new friends, and chat to the artists.

Our artists support you throughout the day offering one-to-one guidance and tips on design, as well as encouraging collaboration through sharing of ideas within the group. They will do their best to answer any questions you may have.

The Arienas Collective experiences are run from a supportive and welcoming home environment in the Edinburgh New Town. Spaces are limited so our artists can offer hands-on help and support. All equipment is provided, as are all the materials you will need. Just turn up, leave any day-to-day worries behind, and immerse yourself in creating something unique.

All The Arienas Collective experiences are also available as a private group booking.

For more information phone 07732 901150 or email via the contact form above.

Please note that The Arienas Collective experiences are run from a first-floor open plan reception room and unfortunately we do not have lift access. Please let us know of any skin or food allergies when booking.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. The voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The price for the day includes all materials and refreshments, and you will take home your final calligraphy piece to enjoy and inspire you.



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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


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