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Retro Deco

with
Gemma Black
  • 2.5 days (2nd half)
  • Intermediate
  • EN

Making use of lettering examples from late 19th & early 20th centuries such as the Wiener Secession movement (think Klimt), the Art Deco movement (think Rennie Mackintosh) and the Roycrofters arts & crafts community (think Dard Hunter) in the US, we will enjoy recreating these decorative hand drawn letters and type designs. We will also look briefly at the Arts & Crafts (all Europe) and Art Nouveau (new art) periods so we can understand why & how these early 20th century movements evolved. We will pen, paint and draw letters to our hearts content revisiting 1900’s Deco (decorative) and Modernist movements.

Supply List

  • 1 x full sheet cold press Arches (or other) watercolour paper 300 gsm (140 lbs) folded & cut into 4 for ease of carrying
  • 1 x full sheet hot press Arches (or other) watercolour paper 300 gsm (140 lbs) folded & cut into 4 for ease of carrying
  • 1 x full sheet black or charcoal Mi-Teintes or Ingres
  • Layout paper 11” x 17″ or 279 mm × 432 mm
  • A couple of small sheets of tracing film/paper
  • Gouache or watercolours a variety of your favourite colours - tube or pan.
  • A clear ruler 400 mm or more
  • A set of Round-end nibs such as the Speedball B Series. Brause and William Mitchell also make these nibs.
  • Ink stick with grinding stone or a bottle of black non-waterproof ink
  • Graphite pencil HB or F. Highly recommended Pentel 0.5 mechanical pencil or similar brand.
  • Short round sable or imitation (Taklon) paint brushes sizes 000, 00, 0
  • A couple of cheap China bristle brushes for mixing
  • A large multi sectioned palette, plastic or ceramic or lots and lots of small white mixing dishes (like tiny Chinese dipping dishes) or ice cube trays
  • A couple of small water jars
  • Tissues or rag & Blu-Tack/white putty
  • A drawing board only if you wish
  • A 5 to 8 line poem, quote or prose from late 1880’s to 1930’s (Think Christina Rosetti, Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West, Oscar Wilde, William Morris, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Edward Burne-Jones)
Supply Fee $0.00