WORKING VERTICALLY / WORKING LARGE: Calligraphy for walls and other vertical surfaces

PART ONE OF TWO

We recommend following PART ONE AND PART TWO! A discount is given for the two parts.

Some of the most exciting commissions of my 35-year career have been wall texts: calligraphy and lettering for buildings, exhibitions, installations, and more. It is time for me to share with you all the techniques that I have developed over the years. We will look at specific projects, seeing which approaches best suited the situation. You will learn how to prepare a studio-sized panel on which to practice various techniques, including brush script (pointed and flat), built-up lettering, and stenciling. We will look at design and layout; choosing the right lettering style; and how to mark out a wall before you begin. You may be thinking, “I’ll never paint on a building!” But the techniques you learn here can be applied to any number of projects, large and small.

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 special presentation.

  • 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

  • We will discuss materials in the first lesson, so you do not need to buy your materials before the lesson.
  • Plywood panel measuring roughly 100cm x 100cm (approximately 40” x 40”), the bigger the better, prepared with three coats of white gesso or white wall paint. This will be your practice surface.

  • Variety of brushes (flat brushes and pointed brushes)

  • Pencil, ruler, masking tape

  • Gouache, acrylic matte medium (Pebeo matte medium brand is best)

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

Dates & time

  • May 2, 9, 16 2022
  • 8:00pm Brussels time
  • 2:00pm NY time

  • 4:00am next day Sydney time

* Sessions last approximately 2 hours

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