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Introduction to Calligraphy: The Foundational Hand

In-Person Class

8 Session Weekend Studio Arts Course

Saturday, January 22, 2022 - 2:00 p.m.to Saturday, March 12, 2022 - 4:30 p.m. ET
Upcoming Session:
Saturday, January 22, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00ZF
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$235 - Member
$265 - Non-Member

Materials for this program

  1. COVID-19 Requirements for In-Person Classes
  2. Supply List

Student Work

NOTE: Registration will close for this program at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, January 21, 2022.

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 guidelines, 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.

Other Information

  • The instructor is Sharmila Karamchandani.
  • 8 sessions, 2.5 hours each
  • This studio arts program is in-person. CDC and Smithsonian COVID-19 guidelines in effect at the time of the program will be followed.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)