Randall M. Hasson: The Shape and Texture of Calligraphy

The Shape and Texture of Calligraphy
Randall M. Hasson
Friday, July 10, 2020
All day

The goal of this course is to use the artist’s eye to identify the basic shapes, texture and characteristics of a specific style of lettering. With essential information about the construction of individual letters using calligraphic tools, this class will begin with the broad edged pen and work towards identifying the underlying shapes of individual letters. We will then move to class discussions, looking at the characteristics of various historical letterforms to analyze the size, shape, weight, direction and overall texture of the chosen text, followed by analysis of specific internal characteristics of each lettering style in comparison to other letterforms. Students will use these analytic principles to write the basic strokes of each form before moving on to the next one. This workshop is designed to give beginners basic principles to facilitate learning any style of lettering they come across. For experienced or intermediate lettering artists, it is the opportunity to fine tune letterforms they already know, as well as to acquire tools to facilitate the innovation and invention of their own lettering style by using the basic principles of analysis and applying them to new work.

$15 for a full color, bound handout, to be paid at beginning of class session.



[Note: We will be working with mostly concepts, not necessarily finished products. You do NOT have to bring EVERYTHING on this list – make it simple!] Writing tools - Any of the following that you have and are comfortable using: Dip-pens - Rexel, Mitchell, Brause or Speedball square cut nibs, various sizes; Pilot parallel pens (blue cap 6 mm or green cap 3.8 mm); Zig or Sakura permanent markers (don’t only bring these though, we want some metal nibs too); pencils; any of the following ink/paint that you have and are comfortable using: black and/or walnut ink,  FW Acrylic inks, any gouache or watercolors you already have--use your favorite practice paper and ink that avoids bleeding or feathering; options for practice: a pad or sheets of ¼” (5-mm) grid paper (as large as possible – minimum 11 X 17); options for better quality paper (again, bring things you already have) include Arches Text Wove, Arches Text Laid, Fabriano Ingres or similar lightly textured paper.


Large (11” X 15”) Mahara watercolor journal, especially if you want to continue with layering and texture using your lettering practice as a base.



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