may, 2020

2020sat16may10:00 am4:00 pmCalligraphy (MAY DAY SCHOOL)Coleridge Community CollegeDay:Saturday length of course: 1 day


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

1 day


Course details

Brief Description

The course will begin with a brief history of the development of pen lettering and a demonstration of the basic techniques of calligraphy. You will practice the basic cursive (handwriting) and formal ‘book hands’ (alphabets) and be shown how to layout and space your work. Practical work will help you to develop a good style which can be used in a variety of small jobs such as greeting cards, invitations and small notices.
Teaching Method: by demonstration, personal examples and individual tuition.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed:

None – all abilities welcome. Learners with some experience will be shown more advanced lettering ‘hands’ and encouraged to use illumination and decoration in their work.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will have the opportunity to:
• Learn about the history of calligraphy
• Gain practice in the basic cursive (hand writing)
• Gain practice in the formal ‘book hands’ (alphabets)
• Be introduced to the layout of lettering
• Understand the choice of suitable materials and equipment.
• Use the practical work undertaken to develop a good style which can be used in a variety of small jobs, such as greeting cards, invitations and small notices.

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:

Please bring: Pencil, ruler, rubber, paper and your own calligraphy pen (right or left handed) – There will be some pens available to use on the day.
Please also bring a Packed Lunch for the day.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Your tutor will advise on future day and weekend courses.
The Learn and Train office is also able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.


David Ashpolehas been teaching drawing, painting, graphic design, pottery, paper sculpture and calligraphy for over 50 years to secondary and adult learners.


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