Christopher Haanes - Roman Capitals - Oct 13 - Nov 3

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Roman Capitals
with Christopher Haanes

Thursdays 13th Oct.—27th Oct., 3rd Nov, 19:30–21:00 CEST.  [Note that on the last Thursday, there is no summer time, only CET.]

Live class. We are using Zoom, and Slack (a free and easy interface) is used for communication and corrections between classes. The videos will be available for 2 months after last session.

We will explore Roman Capitals and their proportion and weighting through a series of exercises and explorations, from pure skeleton shapes, through writing them with a broad-edged pen and eventually making serifs and looking at ways to create variations.
   Depending on the level of the participant, advanced techniques like pen manipulation, variation of pressure, and retouching/building up with the corner of the pen will be introduced. A certain level of familiarity with the broad-edged pen and the basic calligraphic hands is an advantage, but not a pre-requisite. I will also demonstrate brush written and drawn letters.
   Through lectures, demonstrations and individual criticism the participants are invited to gain skill and knowledge in writing this ancient, but enduring letterform, and to blow life into it’s strokes and details.

Cost: 144 Euros

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Some or all of the following choice of papers:

  • Arches Text Wove (PS01)
  • Khadi Indian Handmade papers come in several different textures (PS103)
  • Daler layout pads in A3 size are good for practicing sometimes. (Not Available in US)


  • All sizes of Brause nibs are recommended [Mitchell nibs not suitable]. (N02)
  • Pencil [2H] (PL38)
  • Pointed brush, for loading nib with ink (BR43)
  • Colored pencils (PL05)


  • Chinese Stick Ink (IS38)
  • Ink Stone (IS19)
  • Higgins Eternal is a cheaper substitute, but the Chinese stick ink is highly recommended. (I08)
  • Colours are optional, but please use Winsor & Newton gouache. (WNG1, WNG2, WNG3, WNG4)


  • T Square (S753)
  • Dividers
  • Compass
  • Scalpel blade [no 21 for scraping]
  • Adjustable drawing board
  • Sandarac powder (S123)
  • Ruler (S271)
  • Eraser (E13)
  • Old cloth
  • Water jar (S1005)