Andrea Wunderlich - WHO IS AFRAID OF RUDOLF KOCH? - Jan 14, 21, 28 and Feb 4

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John Neal Books is not hosting this class.

Where and when:
14-21-28 January 2021 & 04 Feburary 2021 – from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Rome Time)
in Direct Via ZOOM

The instructor:

Andrea Wunderlich is a freelance calligrapher & book artist from Germany. At her studio, located in an old firestation, she´s working on commissions on a wide field of sign-painting, lettering, logo-design and murals.
In her free artwork she loves to follow the historic paths of alphabets and enjoys expressive transformation into the contemporary. Her art is shown both nationally and worldwide and is part of private and public collections like the Berlin calligraphy collection, the Center of Book Arts, San Francisco and the Int. Museum for Contemporary Calligraphy in Moscow.
She is a member of German societies ars scribendi and Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor Offenbach (board member), CLAS fellow (Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society), full member of LX (Letter Exchange) in London and member of Friends of Calligraphy, San Francisco.


You might already be a big fan of gothic and blackletter, but it happened to me that I didn't like Rudolf Koch's gothic work when I first saw it many years ago at the Klingspor Museum at Offenbach. I was especially shocked by his very expressive works and couldn´t believe that he is the same person who also designed famous typefaces like the Maximilian or the Wilhelm-Klingspor type. So, yes – I´ve been afraid of him.

But I also believe that the study of gothic and blackletter is very important for every calligrapher and person in love with letters. So, I began with my own research on Rudolf Koch as a person, a lettering artist and a craftsman.

Come with me on a journey during which you learn more about the character of Rudolf and his ideas and thoughts, have a closer look at his career and work and after all let all this be an inspiration for your own thoughts, ideas and work. We will go step-by-step through his instructions on blackletter-forms, try some of his typefaces and then analyse his expressive gothic writing. All the new things you discover will flow into your own work. This is meant to be a trip into your own contemporary approach to gothic and blackletter.


  • water glass (S1005)
  • tissue
  • tracing paper (P112)
  • gum sandarac powder (S123)
  • pencil 2H (PL38)
  • eraser (E09)
  • Schmincke gouache (SG27) (opaque white, jet black, lemon yellow, vermillion red, ultramarine deep blue, chromium oxide green) two things to note: 1. it doesn´t have to be Schmincke, but good quality gouache, 2. we need these colours to follow Koch´s way of colouring, but then also bring your favourite inks and gouaches 
  • Brause broad-edged nibs (Brause (at least 1,5mm) (N02) and Speedball (at least C-3) (N09)
  • automatic pens (N27)
  • sketch-pad
  • some higher quality sheets of paper, like BFK Rives, Arches or Hahnemühle (145g – 250g) (PS107) (PS01)