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Calligraphy for Beginners and Improvers

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. They will complete at least two final pieces of work.

Led by: Josie Brown

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

Calligraphy is not just beautiful writing. Learning the skills to speak to the eye with meaning, or create a picture of feelings, is a way of expressing yourself 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. Participants will complete at least two final pieces of work. For those with some experience, there will be a range of possibilities, depending on what is most useful to each one: 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 person 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 Brown has been a professional scribe, heraldic artist and illuminator for over thirty years. She is an enthusiastic and thorough teacher, as evidenced by the feedback she has received at Ammerdown: “Josie was brilliant at demonstrating, explaining, breaking things down, giving confidence”; “Josie is amazing: she is informative, encouraging, works beyond the call of duty and copes with our extreme differences in ability”.

Josie 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.

 

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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.