Amity Parks - Slow and Steady: Painting Letters with a Pointed Brush - Oct 24, 27, 30

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John Neal Books is not hosting this class.

Slow and Steady - Painting Letters with a Pointed Brush
With Amity Parks

3-Session Class, Oct. 24, 27 & 30. 10:00 am-12:30 pm  or 6:30 pm-9:00 pm MDT, whichever class time works best for your time zone.

This class will meet three times for 2.5 hrs. each in the same week so you'll have time to work between sessions. This is a 'Live' Zoom class and the sessions will be recorded with links to videos available for 30 days after the class.

The first two classes will include demos, discussion and exercises to do on your own time.  The final session will include a show and share of class work with comments from Amity. 

All Levels

There are times when our lettering calls for a new way of working to achieve the effect we are looking for. Sometimes our traditional pens don’t work to create the forms we want or we are lettering on a surface that is not friendly to the pen. Other times we would like to use a medium that won’t flow through our pens. In these cases, it’s nice to have the skills for ‘drawing’ our lettering using a pointed brush. This tool allows unlimited freedom to produce any letterforms and to write on many surfaces.
   In this class we will do exercises to familiarize ourselves and develop skills with using a pointed brush. We won't be 'writing' with the brush as many calligraphers do, but rather drawing and painting with it. This is a slow and steady process that is a good skill to have in your tool kit. We'll start by doing exercises to familiarize ourselves with brush techniques. Once we are comfortable with the tools, we’ll explore a variety of letterforms that lend themselves well to the brush, focusing on a playful and naive version of Roman capitals inspired by old Italian inscriptions. 

Class cost is $110 US, for the three-session class.

Registration gives you access to the three live sessions of class, access to the class recordings for 30 days, and a handouts file to print at home.

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Supply list:

  • A couple of good quality small round pointed watercolor brushes. Windsor Newton Series 7 or similar, sizes 0, 1 or 2. (BR28, BR26)
  • Tubes of gouache in black, white and several colors you like. (WNG1)
  • A few FineTec Coliro metallic watercolors if you have them. (S1000)
  • Palette with several small wells. (S679, S1108)
  • Mechanical Pencil (.3 or .5) or wooden pencil with H or HB lead and a white eraser. (PL21, PL38) (E13)
  • Ruler- see-thru plastic ruler or triangle for ruling lines (clear plastic with gridlines if you have it). (S798)
  • Paper- a sheet of tracing paper. (P43, P112)
  • A couple of small pieces of a heavier (90#) hot press watercolor paper such as Arches HP, Fabriano Artistico or similar. (PA42, PA110, PS42, PS110)