See below for a summer school, weekend workshops and a three month long in-depth programme.
All 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.
March 17-18th Calligraphy and Movement (This workshop is now full)
In this workshop we will be looking at the potential of Rudolf Laban's system of movement for exploring your full dynamic range of movement. Working with abstract pattern and capital letters we will show how familiar letters become transformed once you are aware of movement with different qualities of force, time and direction.
Cost £160 per weekend
September 4th - 7th.
On the surface this is a class about Roman capitals but it is much more. It is an introduction to one branch of the lost spiritual traditions within western calligraphy and it is taught in a unique way. Taking a tenth century Swiss manuscript as our starting point we explore structuring capital letters not through geometry but through telling stories about them. We explore the original medieval stories and then make up our own. This leads to a wholly new personal relationship with the letters you write and a deeper response to their shape. This is one way to expand your own personal repertoire of significant and felt forms.
Cost: £385 (fee includes daily lunch and a field trip to Ditching Museum for the Corita Kent exhibition) http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/event/corita-kent-get-action/
Calligraphic fundamentals in depth, 3 month course.
12 weeks, 2 days a week (Mondays and Tuesdays). January 8th -March 27th 2018. Cost: £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.