This course looks at all that is inky, spontaneous and full of life: the calligraphic line as a voyage of discovery. We begin with some outliers in the history of Latin letters, looking at how a line can move and shift instead of following a predictable path. This course looks at calligraphy as a process of drawing as much as of writing. Letters are shapes that you can alter radically without losing legibility entirely.

This online course consists of three recorded lessons:

  • One lesson with demonstrations and an assignment for you to do in your own time

  • Illuminated manuscripts in Bruges: a visit to the Bruges collections to see our treasures close-up

  • One crit session in which I will review a selection of the assignments posted by students

Material list

  • Cola can pen

  • Ruling pen, quill or other pointed pen

  • Sumi ink

  • 3 sheets good quality paper with a bit of texture, weight160gm – 220gm  (Rives BFK, Fabriano 5 and Saunders Waterford are good)