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Calligraphy: Introduction to the Italic Hand

7-Session Daytime Course

Thursday, October 17 to December 12, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (no class Nov. 21 and 28)
Code: 1K00QK

By Marta Legeckis

One of the most popular styles used in contemporary Western calligraphy, the elegant Italic script was developed from antique Latin texts and inscriptions during the Italian Renaissance. The 15th-century Florentine scribe Niccolò Niccoli combined the rhythm and fluidity of the familiar blackletter current hand with the narrow, inclined strokes of the lettera antica to produce his antica corsiva, which became the model for italic printing types. These versatile and legible hand-written alphabets remain popular, and translate well into many practical and artistic applications.

Exercises provide a guide to mastering the hand, including correct proportions and slant. The workshop is geared for students who have some knowledge using the broad- edge pen and wish to expand their study of calligraphy. All calligraphy supplies are included (pen holder, reservoir, nibs, ink, and paper) and yours to keep.

Instructor: Marta Legeckis

7 sessions, 2.5 hours each (no class Nov. 21 and 28)

S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3040
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)