Going Beyond the Poem
Level: All, from beginners to advanced
(Friday - Monday)
Vienna Arts Society
This workshop will explore the calligraphic possibilities of the illustrative word
as opposed to our standard forms, the ones we use on a day to day basis. The
focus will be on "writing" and design that goes beyond the simply laid out text
(such as poems or testimonials) used in our bread and butter work. Employing
our chisel edged pens, brushes, ruling pens, Speedball B's etc. (or tool of your
choice), we will pursue five projects over a period of four days: a piece of letter
art (designing with a quote), a logo (personal or imagined), a functional clock
(I will provide the clock mechanisms for $4.00 so that you can take it home in
working order), as well as an alphabetic and textural composition.
During the workshop we will be looking at the lettering styles you use with
an eye toward trying variations of those forms, a way to expand our every day
styles. While we explore a variety of layouts and designs in each of the exercises,
we will look at the effect that contrast, texture and color have on those designs.
• Papers of your choice, but bring plenty
• Tools, bring what you are comfortable with and those that you want to experiment with
• Inks, all kinds, but make sure you bring some free flowing ink
• Quotes, the short ones are a better choice (I have tons if you are stuck)
• Energy drinks!
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