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November 2017
£25

Workshop: Carolingian with Penny Price

November 11 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
<span class="entry-title-text">Village Hall</span>, Middle Lane
Stanton St John, Oxfordshire OX33 1HD United Kingdom
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SYNOPSIS:     The Carolingian hand is a round hand with exaggerated ascenders and descenders and an x height of only 3 nib widths, giving a generous appearance to the script. We shall look at an historical example, as found in Stan Knight's book 'Historical Scripts' and then make a contemporary version to use to make either a Christmas card or a thank you card or a short piece of text. One suggestion is to collect some Acer palmatum leaves now, or similar delicate leaves, and press them ready to use in the class for printing. I have a limited supply of rollers and inks for your use. (You can use gouache to print with.) We shall start with a no. 2 nib and move to smaller nibs for the card. Materials List and Application Form (Word) Materials List and Application Form (PDF)

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December 2017

Christmas Party and Club Day

December 9 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
<span class="entry-title-text">Village Hall</span>, Middle Lane
Stanton St John, Oxfordshire OX33 1HD United Kingdom
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January 2018
£50

Workshop: David Jones’ Beautiful Letter Panels with Lin Kerr

January 13, 2018 at 10:00 am - January 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm
<span class="entry-title-text">Village Hall, Stanton St John</span>, Middle Lane
Stanton St John, Oxfordshire OX33 1HD United Kingdom
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David Jones' work is enjoying a Renaissance among Lettering Artists in the UK. He draws his letters using a number of historical sources and they have a naive quality as they are hand drawn. There is very little evidence of lines or measuring, but the arrangement makes the pieces into a work of art. His letters are elements of a design with movement and nuance of colour. We will look in depth at David Jones' inscriptions comparing the proportions to Trajan Capitals, versals, mediae val manuscripts and modern inscriptions. We will see how he puts his letters and artworks together. We will be working in what seems to be the way Jones worked, but with a modern twist – creating a background with gesso and acrylic on paper so that it resembles a whitewashed wall with the patination of time etched into it.  Letters will be drawn and painted with attention to the letters and the space around them. Mistakes can be overpainted and letters touched up – so it's actually a relaxing workshop! We'll start with a couple of letters then move onto a small panel. We’ll also explore a modern interpretation of his work. Application form: David Jones' painted letters…

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February 2018
£25

Workshop: Teeny Weeny Writing with Mary Nobel

February 10, 2018 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
<span class="entry-title-text">Village Hall, Stanton St John</span>, Middle Lane
Stanton St John, Oxfordshire OX33 1HD United Kingdom
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Do you sometimes let your piece down when you go to write the credit inconspicuously? Do your walls and your friends’/ clients’ walls seem only to want small things, so tiny writing needed if they still want ‘IF’ in full??? Help is at hand – there are tricks and techniques to help you write legibly and beautifully at 3mm and below, as long as you’ve remembered your reading glasses. We’ll cover ruling lines closer & closer, and then writing smaller and smaller, explore white on black, sharpening nibs, treating the paper etc. to get sharp thinks & thins at 2mm high…  A useful workshop for bookmakers too, especially miniature books. Application form: OS Teeny Weeny Writing Workshop form  

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March 2018
£25

Workshop: Contemporary Italic with Jilly Hazeldine

March 3, 2018 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Formal Italic is an essential for any calligraphers to have in their repertoire. This elegant script can be varied in many ways and in this workshop we will explore a more contemporary version, through subtle changes in pressure, manipulation, weight and playing with form, which will give you a very useable script for future work. Application form: OS workshop Contemporary Italic form  

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