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The Circle Expands – Eclectic Inspiration and Modern Calligraphy

Carl Rohrs
  • 5 days
  • Intermediate / Advanced
  • EN

Influences come at us from all corners of the writing universe and work that crosses disciplines, styles and mediums. Everything we see is a source of inspiration to be mixed with the movement of our own hands to create new ways of working. This class will be about the ever-expanding discoveries of unusual, individual and sublime artists all making incredible communication markings and letting their lines influence ours.

From ancient Rome to Victorian-era Japan to 1920s Germany to mid century New York and even 1960s San Francisco (among many other surprises), and the independent, eccentric artists working in those times and places, we will have their help in building each of our own new signatures of style. Through a barrage of images, taken from the wonderland of traditional and eccentric lettering from throughout the history of writing, both projected on the wall and printed in your workbooks, you will be introduced to new avenues for your own exploration. From Griffo to Griffin, Knox to Neugebauer, Catich to Killian, Menhart to Mouse, Spurius Ruga to Rudo Spemann, Hokusai to Hoyer to Heinrichson, your connections to the surprising innovators of the ancient and recent past will be strengthened, and bridges between that past and your own wild future will be built by the hands-on experience in modern calligraphy techniques with flat pens and flat & pointed brushes. The class workbook will be the biggest yet.

Supply List

  • Large folded brass pen, 5/16” or 3/8” Horizon or similar plus any other pens you already have; flat brush, 1/2” W&N 995, and a Pentel Color Brush plus any other brushes you want to try or already have – W/N Series 7 or similar, Asian, Lebenzon, etc.
  • Optional tool: any kind of ruling pen.
  • Media: Non-waterproof ink (Higgins Eternal, Higgins Sepia, Noodlers, Private Reserve, Walnut, etc.; a tube or two of gouache.
  • Large paper with a bit of texture, (Strathmore series 300 Charcoal pad is good).
  • Graphic white out (Pro–White) &/or light or bright colours of gouache and coloured paper, if you wish to write in reverse.
  • Canson Ingres or other laid surface charcoal suggested (construction paper not recommended)
  • Pencil and/or coloured pencils (Prismacolors are the best) and ruler.
Supply Fee CA$25.00