Current Art Block: Calligraphy

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Calligraphy - Course Description

Friday, August 22, 2014

We begin our block with the study of skeleton letters and the Black Letter hand. After working in pencil, we progress to pen and ink. Students learn how to find the correct x height for each hand using the width of the pen nibs. Using triangles, t-squares, and protractors, they rule out their own practice sheets and find the correct pen angle for each hand. Our final calligraphy project is to take one of Tolkien’s poems from The Lord of the Rings and produce a page lettered in Black Letter, with illuminated block letters at the beginning of each verse incorporating two colors plus black. Students are also asked to add an illustration related to the verse to fit around the lettering. They are evaluated on the letterforms, letter spacing, and number of mistakes as well the overall beauty of the page.

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