Pointed Pen and Calligraphy with Christina Janoszka
Seasonal Creative Course
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 2021
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Who is this class suitable for?
Suitable for all skill levels.
What will be covered in the class?
Join lettering, calligraphy and illumination artist Christina Janoszka in this 5week Pointed Pen and Calligraphy course designed to teach you the basic skills in pointed penmanship, supporting you to develop your own ‘hand’ and style of writing. At the end of the 5weeks you will put what you have learned into practice by writing out a word with capital and lower case letters such as ‘Merry Christmas’ and learning a few basic fun flourishes using the nib to enhance the words.
Understanding how to use and maintain pointed pen equipment.
Fun exercises to build up muscle memory and loosen the arm using pencil.
Ruling up and understanding the pen angle, height and width of the letters.
Practicing the basic pen strokes to make sure basic shapes are understood and accurate shapes are being made.
Continuing practicing the basic pen strokes learned and in Week 1:
- Entrance/exit stroke
- Ascending Stem Loop
Descending Stem Loop
When confident, creating the lower case (minuscule) letters of the alphabet a–z.
Using the lower case (minuscule) letters of the alphabet a–z learned in week 2, slowly creating short words linking the letters together using the correct shapes. Writing out an a–z list of flowers or names or countries etc. For example, angela – barbara – caroline using lower case letters.
- Learning uppercase basic strokes A–Z
Hairline Entrance Stroke
- S Curve also known as the Universal Line of Beauty
Upright Compound Curve
- Learning how to write upper case letters A - Z
Bringing it all together!
Practicing writing out a word with capital and lower case letters such as ‘Merry Christmas’ and learning a few basic fun flourishes using the nib to enhance the words. Copying the words onto a card with an envelope and addressing the envelope ready for the Christmas season.
What do I need to bring?
All materials are included.
Art Studio. The Art Studio is situated at the top of a flight of stairs. Tools are all light and accessible. Work benches are not currently height adjustable.
Christina is a graduate of Balliol College, Oxford University and was a Tutor and Manager in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University for many years. Her passion for calligraphy and illumination led her to study at Reigate College of Art, The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and with a Master Penman in the US.