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Traditional Manuscript Skills a 3 day workshop at New Brewery Arts - Gloucestershire

Traditional Manuscript Skills a 3 day workshop at New Brewery Arts - Gloucestershire

Course Provider: New Brewery Arts

Contact Name: Clare Walsh

Telephone: 01285657181

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New Brewery Arts
Brewery Court

Course Length: 3 days

Price: £225

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A three day workshop focusing on different traditional manuscript skills.

Historical Manuscript Writing

A day devoted to learning a script which is very much a part of our heritage. The Uncial Script came to Britain with the Romans and stayed after they went home, to be developed by monks in scriptoriums in Northern England and Ireland. Since then this versatile and comfortable script has undergone changes to bring it into the realms of advertising, film and TV titles as well as beautifully handwritten artworks. The day will start with basic letterforms and progress to writing text with some colour work and everyone will complete a small project to take away such as a concertina book, short quotation, bookmarks or cards.

This is suitable for all levels of experience, as the script may be developed from its standard form. All materials will be provided but bring any pens, nibs or ink that you may already have.

Curing, Cutting & Writing with Quills

This workshop introduces historical and modern processes for curing, cutting and writing with the flight feathers from geese, turkeys and/or swans – turning them into wonderfully sensitive quills to create beautiful writing. We will look at how to troubleshoot any problems and then use the quills for a small personalised project, whether that may be a letter to someone special, a small scroll or a bookmark with a quotation for a gift or to keep.

All materials will be provided but bring any short texts you may like to write.

Sunday 17th September - Gilded and Decorated Letters

This workshop will begin by looking at pages in historical manuscript books to see how they are designed - the harmonious relationships between text, ornamentation, proportion and colour. We will learn how to draw Versal letters which can then be decorated with various styles of embellishment (lots of references supplied). These will be gilded and painted so that each person will take away a beautifully decorated initial.

All materials will be provided but if you have your own preferred paints or brushes, please bring those, as well as any examples of particular ornamentation you may wish to use.

Tutor: Josie Brown
Date & Time: Fri 15th - Sun 17th Sep, 10am - 4pm,
10:30am - 3:30pm (Sun)
Venue: Bingham Studio, New Brewery Arts
REF: SW72-17
PRICE: £255.00 (£0.00 VAT)

All abilities welcome

Josie's loved hand lettering her whole life - the way words can dance and express meaning, offering our eyes a visual sense of feeling.

She has taught lettering, lots of decorative processes and making books for many years - but is passionate about bringing ancient techniques to contemporary usage. Josie has also taught personal development in the community and brings aspects of achieving individual potential and self fulfillment to artistry with letters, paper and paint.

She is also an accredited tutor for the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society.

You can turn any of our courses into a short break by staying in our on site accommodation. When you book a residential package you will get discounted accommodation in our stylish boutique hostel located in the centre of Cirencester in the Cotswolds right next door to New Brewery Arts. Our former 19th Century Cotswold stone brewery barrel store has been beautifully transformed into 21st century accommodation, light and well-appointed with a craftsman’s attention to detail. We offer guest accommodation for up to 43 people over two floors in 14 rooms, with a choice of single, bunk, family and double bedrooms, 12 with en-suite facilities. A ground floor disabled-friendly room is also available. The hostel provides a stylish communal dining and relaxation area, self-catering kitchen, laundry facilities and lockers for your bike. As with all our courses and workshops these are led by experienced tutors and as you will be part of a small group there is plenty of time to focus on you.

What's included in the price?

You will have access to tea, coffee and biscuits in the studio and a £5 voucher to spend in our cafe is included.

What you will need:
Materials included but please bring any pens, nibs or inks you may already have for day one, any short texts you may like to use on day two and any paints, brushes and any examples of particular ornamentation you may wish to use on day three.

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