March 21st-22nd, Brighton Studio: Ewan will teach a two day course looking at Carolingian minuscules, their origins, structure and variations. Although developed in the eighth century this script gives us the basis of lower-case roman letterforms we use today. In recent years it has found modernised applications that vary from Jovica Veljovic's typeface 'Silentium pro' to the hand-written script used in Donald Jackson's great St. John's Bible. Cost £160.
September 8th-11th, Brighton Studio: a 4 day class on The calligraphy of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Cost £385, includes lunch and materials.
September 18th-25th, Sicily. From Byzantium to Sicily -The healing power of calligraphy.
I have teamed up with my friend Kimberly Butler of gotravelbutler to create a relaxing culture and calligraphy (all levels) holiday course in Sicily. We start with one night in Palermo and then journey to our villa at Santa Stefano near Gioiosa Marea for a further six nights.The course includes a visit to the Palatine Chapel in Palermo, a pasta making evening, and plenty of relaxing around the pool as well as the calligraphy! For more details, including a day by day itinerary, see gotravelbutler.co.uk
Calligraphic fundamentals in depth, 3 month course. Jan. to Mar. 2021. Open for registration.
12 weeks, 2 days a week (Mondays and Tuesdays). January - March. Cost: £tbd
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.
Travel and accommodation details on the contact page.