Uncials Calligraphy Workshop in the Lake District



The Uncial script was in use as a book hand from the end of the 4th Century to the 8th Century and beyond. Examples of the lettering are found in several Medieval manuscripts including the Stonyhurst Gospel. The Uncials we write today are frequently used for Irish or Scottish poems, prose etc, or writings with a Celtic influence, but can be used for a wide range of pieces. The script is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience and if you have only ever used a pointed pen before, then this is the perfect way to discover the edged pen as it is one of the easier scripts to learn. The letters lend themselves to decoration for cards as well as illuminated initials, so are a very useful addition to your lettering skills. They can be paired with Celtic knotwork for decorative design. We will start the day writing in pencil to better understand the shapes of the letters, then progress into ink. You should be able to complete a small piece, possibly in colour, by the end of the day. Your Tutor, Janice, started to learn Calligraphy 35 years ago. She is a member of both the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS) and the Society of Scribes and Illuminators (SSI). She is a CLAS-accredited tutor. She is also a member of the North West Calligraphers Association and regularly attends their workshops based in Cheshire as there is always something new to learn or new tools and materials to play with! As well as teaching, she works to commission .

What's included in the price?

All materials will be provided for use on the day. Your Tutor will also supply exemplars and handouts as well as advice on paper, ink, pens and where to source them. Homemade refreshments and a two course lunch will be served during the day. We do not offer accommodation at Hare Hill Barn but we are happy to give you ideas of where to stay locally. Being in the Lake District there is a wide range of places to stay to suit all budgets and requirements within a few miles. Why not make your workshop an excuse for a minibreak?


Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
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Hare Hill Barn, Cartmel Fell, Grange over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6NZ