Introduction to Copperplate Calligraphy
Sunday, April 8th, 10:30- 4:30PM
Instructor: Megan Goodenough
Learning a specific calligraphic script begins with learning to form each letter. There’s more to it than that, though. The visual rhythm of the text is as important, if not more so, than perfect letters. This class starts with the letters, but there’s an emphasis on how to achieve a visual rhythm when writing. As an introduction, calligrapher Megan Goodenough will briefly cover the basics of which paper is best, which inks work well, and how to use a pointed nib. Working with a pointed pen is quite different from using the broader edge italic nib, but there’s a unique beauty inherent in the subtle irregularities of its lines. So that you can get comfortable with the pointed nib, there are a few warm up exercises for practice. Megan will then present the individual letters of the classic Copperplate script – a beautiful, flowing hand developed in Italy in the 1600s so that scribes could write more quickly than with the chisel edged italic nib. Once you’ve practiced the letters and start to link them to form words, Megan will cover how to create a visual rhythm in your writing by using connectors, spacing, slant, and ligatures. Paying attention to these subtleties is what makes a truly beautiful hand. No prior experience is required for this class. Students who have taken Megan’s Introduction to Pointed Pen class, or who have worked with a pointed pen, will enjoy the focus on visual rhythm and the additional practice. You’ll leave class with a foundation in Copperplate as well as supplies to take home.
Register for both of Megan’s Pointed Pen classes and receive a $25 Two Hands Paperie gift card.
*The class is held at The Generous View Studio, 1803 South Foothills Parkway, Unit B, Boulder, at the intersection of Hwy 93 and the turnoff to El Dorado Springs. It’s in a lovely setting, and it supports the Maji Safi Group, a non-profit organization working to prevent waterborne diseases in Tanzania.
Please bring the following materials:
- Sack lunch and water bottle (30 minute break). A refrigerator and a microwave are available.
- Optional- students who have already taken Megan’s Introductory Class should bring their calligraphy travel kit.
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Megan Goodenough has loved alphabets her whole life, whether in calligraphy, books, illuminations, illustrations, or paintings. Her earliest art memory is of practicing handwriting while listening to her mom's Buddhist chanting group. Megan's love of combining art and spirit was born and, at the age of seven, she declared, "I want to be a scribe!" No wonder she was particularly drawn to Illuminated Manuscripts when she later studied art history. Illuminated Manuscripts, which are an art form found in almost every culture, consist of scared words, illustrations emoting those words, and an application of gold to literally illuminate, or to bring light to, the page and reader. Megan studied fine arts at university but it took her a while to find the training she longed for. She finally discovered it in workshops and lessons provided through old school guilds devoted to calligraphic and illuminated art. Nothing else satisfied her desire to integrate art, science, and spirit. Megan continues to take courses, study, practice, sew books, draw, and paint. "I especially love focusing on the detail work - the curve of a letter, a single stitch, a vein in a leaf. . . It basically comes down to a deep love of the arts, the written word, and books! We all have to champion something, so I guess for me it's the letter A." Learn more about Megan's work and her philosophy at www.theilluminationcollective.com.
Two Hands Paperie © 2016 | Video by Katie Elliott | Song by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena Enjoy a peek into the Introduction to Calligraphy Class taught by Megan Good Enough. In all of our calligraphy classes you'll recieve lots of instructions with plenty of time to play. If you want to join in the fun, sign up for one of our calligraphy classes at http://twohandspaperie.com/classes/
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