Workshops held in Ewan's Brighton Studio
Email Ewan to reserve a place. Travel and accommodation details on the contact page.
Workshops will run from 10am to 4.30pm.
A Saturday workshop on Quills
July 15, cost £60 (price includes 10 unprepared Goose feathers)
In this workshop we will look at the various ways that Quills can be prepared and cut for use in calligraphy. We will explore the kinds of feathers that can be used, discuss quill knives and try writing with quills on vellum and paper. Only seven places.
Summer School: The calligraphic journey of Rudolf Koch
Tuesday: September 5th to Friday September 8th.
Summer School £360 (includes light lunch)
The programme includes drinks and meeting each other on Monday evening (4th), but class times run through from Tuesday to Friday 3.30pm.
Rudolf Koch (1876-1934), along with Edward Johnston and Rudolf von Larisch, was one of the founders of the twentieth century calligraphic revival. Over the course of his lifetime his calligraphy moved from the sharp precise scripts of his early days to an interest in a much more expressive calligraphy line that encompassed Roman block capitals and freely written gothic forms. In this class we follow his journey, it takes us also towards consideration of various key art movements in the early twentieth century including Futurism and German Expressionism. It is also an education in the simple graphic power of black and white. A museum visit is included in the price of the course, daily light lunch also included, £360.
Further programmes to be listed soon....
Calligraphic fundamentals in depth
12 weeks, 2 days a week (Mondays and Tuesdays). January-March 2018. £1400
Foundations of calligraphy, roman-upper and lower-case letterforms, italic, introduction to materials and tools, project assignments. Taught by Ewan to the depth that it used be at Roehampton. Students are expected to complete up to two days home-work during the week. Limited to 7 places. The course is suitable for beginners as well as those with considerable experience. The benefit of a course such as this comes from having a concentrated period of time devoted to growing one's calligraphic skills, the sustained programme of learning helps it bed down in your motor system and grow your imagination, skill and confidence. There are also a limited number of places for advanced students who may want to audit the course whilst working on their own projects.
The syllabus covered:
1. Roman Capitals, the historical background, an introduction to 'essential forms', geometric construction, pencil and monoline studies, spacing
2. Working with a pen and using lightweight roman capitals, monoline capitals in a text and simple designs
3. introducing weighting to capital letters, serifs, spacing again. Working with contrasting weights.
4. Continuation and completion of capital letter projects. Ink.
5. Introduction to Edward Johnston’s teaching of related form, geometric study of lower case roman forms, the principles of related form as seen in his 'foundationa'l hand studies. The historical development of lower-case forms
6. Analysing a historical manuscript, large weighted roman lower-case forms, the relationship between calligraphy and type design. Paper and how to handle it.
7. Upper and lower-case romans in combination, smaller scale writing, and introduction to the quill pen
8. On manuscript books, planning and making a small book. Introduction to vellum.
9. Continued work on books. An introduction to formal italic writing, its development and history
10. Flow and ease in writing, revision of Roman and compressed capitals.
11. Italic capitals, flourishing
12. Project completion. Review and planning individual future learning.