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Romans You Can Cope With

Annie Cicale
  • 2.5 days (2nd half)
  • Intermediate
  • EN

Many students are terrified of Romans because somewhere along the way they have heard they are “difficult”. We will diffuse that fear by beginning with an analysis of traditional proportion systems and then experiment with some modern variations; adjusting spacing, speed, proportion can give an infinite variety of forms. Spacing Romans well is critical, and we will explore ways to make it become second nature. There are many kinds of serifs, from simple slabs to refined hairlines. Knowing different options for them and where they are appropriate will expand your design possibilities. This lively review of Romans will show you new ways of using them, as well as dispelling some of the terror you might have experienced in the past.

This class is geared to intermediate level students with some experience, but who want to concentrate on improving their lettering skills.

Supply List


  • T-square & triangle or rolling ruler
  • Masking or drafting tape
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife or snap-off knife
  • Pencils, various hardnesses (2B, HB, 2H, etc.)
  • Soft eraser, such as Magic Rub
  • Water container
  • Ink rags or tissues
  • Notebook
  • Old toothbrush for cleaning pens
  • Dividers (they look like a compass but they have two metal points)

Pens & Ink:

  • Dip pens in assorted sizes, especially ranges 1.0–3.0 mm, whatever brand you are comfortable with, such as Brause, Mitchell (Rexel) or Speedball
  • 2-3 pen holders, ones that feel good in your hand
  • A few other mark making tools, such as ruling pens, pointed brushes, and pointed pens.
  • * Non-waterproof ink, such as black sumi or walnut or your favourite.


  • A few sheets of layout bond, 11” x 14”
  • * Good paper will be included in the supply fee
  • Tracing paper for rough drafts
  • One sheet of Canson Mi-Tientes paper, any colour
  • You also need something to say: quotations, poems, etc. Short ones for practice and longer ones for projects. Write words that are significant to you.

The supply fee is to cover items marked with * above, including prepared paper, ink, and loaner tools.

Supply Fee CA$20.00