Michael Sull: Spencerian Meets Copperplate: A Wonderful Idea

Spencerian Meets Copperplate: A Wonderful Idea
Michael Sull
Thursday, July 16, 2015
All day

For decades Spencerian Script and Copperplate were considered to be opposing teams on the same football field. For penmen and calligraphers, it was most common that a person would use either style, but not both. In our class, we will officially break down the style barriers of "Spencerian versus Copperplate", and usher in an innovative approach by blending the styles in our work. We will cover new territory, combining the best of both styles-- the expressive flamboyance of Spencerian capitals, flourishes and use of Superscription, with the emphatic lowercase of Copperplate. By using these styles together, a new appearance of script writing is achieved, resulting in a versatile hand that can be accented even further into a highly ornamental form of language. We will explore the Running Hand style of Daniel Ames from a century ago as we learn the benefits and beauty of spontaneous shaded script. There will be a class project that allows each student to explore a practical use for this blended writing style.

Skill level:  This class is recommended for intermediate and advanced students who already possess a basic skill in pointed-pen script.


Oblique penholder with your favorite pen point (recommend Nikko G, Zebra G, Gillott 303, or Leonardt Principal); your favorite pointed pen ink (McCaffery's Penman's Ink, Sumi, Walnut, Moon Palace, etc.); lined paper for practice (recommend Clairefontaine or Rhodia); a few sheets (9"x 12") of high-quality art paper for project (such as Arches hot-press watercolor paper, Strathmore 400 series drawing paper, Saunders hot-press watercolor paper, etc.); pen and pencil to take notes; straight-edge.  OPTIONAL:  For colored and/or iridescent writing/accent work, students may wish to have any of the iridescent inks or tablets, gouache, or colored pencils.

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