This class offers an introduction in the basic calligraphic strokes that make up the Foundational Hand, the starting point for learning other hands such as Italic and Black Letter. Students will begin forming these letterforms first by using dual pencils and then the broad-edged pen. They will acquire the necessary skills and understanding in drawing guide lines, determining heights, and letter spacing.
Both the Roman minuscules (lower case) and majuscules (upper case) will be covered as well as basic layout and design. As time permits, demonstrations of variations of the Foundational are given.
No experience is necessary. All that students need is enthusiasm and a willingness to devote time to laying down a solid foundation for future study in calligraphy. All supplies are provided.
Instructor: Marta Legeckis
8 sessions, 2.5 hours each (no class Nov. 21)
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)