LEARNING FROM APOLLINAIRE:
Non-linear calligraphy

Can you just grab a pen, start anywhere on the page, and create a good piece of calligraphy? Can you skip the planning, build contrasts, and invent the words as you go? Using the Calligrammes of Apollinaire and other sources of inspiration, we will work spontaneously to create fascinating non-linear calligraphy that is dynamic, rich in contrast and full of surprises. We will mix styles, change pens, and stretch letters into new shapes. You will be amazed to see a unique composition take shape before your eyes!

This online course will consist of three Zoom sessions:

  • First live lesson: Demonstration followed by review of the assignment for you to do in your own time.

  • Second live lesson: Demonstration followed by a presentation on Mount Sinai and the origins of the alphabet.

  • Third live lesson: Demonstration followed by a live crit session in which work posted by students will be reviewed and discussed.

* Sessions will be recorded and made available to students for a period of 4 months.

Material list

  • Variety of pens (from very wide to very narrow, brushes also allowed)
  • Black ink or gouache (colors might come in handy)

  • 3 sheets of good quality paper with a bit of texture, weight 160gm – 220gm (Rives BFK, Fabriano 5 and Saunders Waterford are good options).

* HANDOUTS will be sent a few days before the series begins.

Dates & time

  • March 7, 14, 21 2022
  • 8:00pm Brussels time
  • March 7: 2:00pm NY time
  • March 14&21: 3:00pm NY time
  • 6:00am next day Sydney time

* Sessions last approximately 2 hours

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