NSCAD Calligrapy Workshop

Learn the fundamentals of broad-pen calligraphy from Canada Types’ Kevin King

This Carl Dair Typography Workshop will introduce students to the theory and practice of calligraphy and give them a foundation on which they can pursue the art further. Instructed by Canada Type's Kevin King, students will become familiar with the broad-edged pen tool and learn the proper way to hold it by studying the foundational hand. The foundational italic hand was created by the English calligrapher Edward Johnston in the early 20th century as a vehicle for his students to learn the basic strokes and construction of letter forms. Students will be guided through the basic practice strokes and construction of the entire upper and lowercase alphabet, and will learn how to space and fit letters together into beautiful words from a calligraphers point of view. At the end of the workshop, the instructor will demonstrate and explain how the basic techniques learned in the workshop can be applied to various forms of calligraphy and lettering including the chancery italic, blackletter script, and roman capitals.


Prerequisite: Students should be familiar with basic typographic concepts.

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October 26, 10:00 am–2:30 pm
NSCAD University, Granville Campus, Room N200
Some supplies required