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Calligraphy for Beginners and Improvers

What can one say to introduce Josie Brown’s annual Calligraphy Week at Ammerdown except to recommend that you book early as it is always hugely over-subscribed!

It is no doubt in no small part thanks to Josie’s superb abilities as a teacher. Not many course leaders are described as “Beyond the excellent…” !  But it could also be because calligraphy is so much more than beautiful writing. As Josie explains, “Learning the skills to speak to the eye with meaning or create a picture of feelings is a way of expressing oneself with both words and artistry. It is both creative and therapeutic.”

This course will introduce beginners to how a broad-edged tool makes such elegant marks, then cover the basics of writing a formal script, using colour mediums and how to approach various design elements.

For those with some experience, there will be a range of possibilities, depending on what is most useful to individuals: a new script, trying out different backgrounds, making a simple book, applied techniques such as embossing, stencilling or stamping, or perhaps gilding an illuminated letter.

Each course participant will have the opportunity to select something to focus on, whether developing and refining existing skills or learning entirely new ones, and to produce a finished project of their choice.

Josie has been a professional scribe, heraldic artist and illuminator for over thirty years. She is an accredited tutor for the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, a founder member of Gloucestershire Lettering Arts, and has completed commissions for the academic, military, public and private sectors. Josie currently teaches workshops and summer schools around the country. She has a particular passion for ancient and modern gilding techniques. She is an enthusiastic and thorough teacher, who is universally praised by everyone she teaches.

Led by: Josie Brown

Please arrive by noon on Monday.  Course ends with lunch on Friday.

 What can one say to introduce Josie Brown’s annual Calligraphy Week at Ammerdown except to recommend that you book early as it is always hugely over-subscribed!

It is no doubt in no small part thanks to Josie’s superb abilities as a teacher. Not many course leaders are described as “Beyond the excellent…” !  But it could also be because calligraphy is so much more than beautiful writing. As Josie explains, “Learning the skills to speak to the eye with meaning or create a picture of feelings is a way of expressing oneself with both words and artistry. It is both creative and therapeutic.”

This course will introduce beginners to how a broad-edged tool makes such elegant marks, then cover the basics of writing a formal script, using colour mediums and how to approach various design elements.

For those with some experience, there will be a range of possibilities, depending on what is most useful to individuals: a new script, trying out different backgrounds, making a simple book, applied techniques such as embossing, stencilling or stamping, or perhaps gilding an illuminated letter.

Each course participant will have the opportunity to select something to focus on, whether developing and refining existing skills or learning entirely new ones, and to produce a finished project of their choice.

Josie has been a professional scribe, heraldic artist and illuminator for over thirty years. She is an accredited tutor for the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, a founder member of Gloucestershire Lettering Arts, and has completed commissions for the academic, military, public and private sectors. Josie currently teaches workshops and summer schools around the country. She has a particular passion for ancient and modern gilding techniques. She is an enthusiastic and thorough teacher, who is universally praised by everyone she teaches.

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Special offers:

Multi-purchase: If you book three or more residential courses all at once, Ammerdown will give you 5% discount on the total fees (N.B. this 5% discount does not apply when a bursary has already been agreed)

Extend your stay: Subject to availability, you are welcome to extend your stay before or after your course. If you choose to do so, Ammerdown will give you a 5% discount on our standard ‘Private Stays’ rates: please contact the centre to arrange this.