Hans Joachim Burgert with Ewan in Victoria, BC, Canada
Thursday, October 11 to Monday, October 15, 2018 sponsored by the Fairbank Calligraphy Society. Contact Lorraine Douglas for details at email@example.com
Drawing Letter Forms a two day course with Ewan at the Correr Museum in Venice
Saturday and Sunday 10-11 November 2018
The skill of drawing letterforms with pencil and pen is a foundational skill for any lettering artist or type designer. We explore at least four different ways of drawing letters by hand, these skills can be applied to drawing precise shapes for digitisation or more freely in bringing a new dynamic to letterforms applied to many different materials. Love of drawing letters was one of the skills that drove the transformation of calligraphy into type and in this course we have the historic collections of the Correr Library to draw on for inspiration. Monica Dengo is leading a two day workshop in the museum immediately prior to this course and the courses can be taken as a linked pair or seperately. To register for this course click here and follow the links.
All Brighton based workshops are 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
New list of workshops by Ewan and guest instructors to be posted soon.
Calligraphic fundamentals in depth, 3 month course. Running next in 2020.
12 weeks, 2 days a week (Mondays and Tuesdays). January - March . 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.