Christopher Haanes - Roman Capitals - April 21-May 19

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Class Title: Roman Capitals

Wednesdays: April 21st till May 19th- Classes are from 20:00 – 22:00 GMT

I am pleased to announce I will be teaching Roman Capitals. Classes will start on the day that Romulus and Remus funded Rome in 783 BC, 21st of April (well, according to some geeks on the Internet). Classes are from 20:00 – 22:00 GMT. This will be my first independent live online workshop. We will be using Zoom for the weekly classes, and Slack, a great communication tool, for the assignments and corrections.


Christopher Haanes (b. Cheltenham 1966) is a calligrapher, typographer, book designer. He studied at Roehampton Institute under Ann Camp. He gained Fellowship of the SSI in 1989. He has taught for more than 30 years, in more than 17 countries. He has published several books and articles, and his work is shown in many international publications. He is currently publishing his handbook, Calligraphy & Lettering, which took 10 years in the making.



Some or all of the following choice of papers:

  • Arches Text Wove (PS01-FS) (PS01)
  • Zerkall (comes in 2 surfaces) (PS92)
  • Rives BFK (PS91, PS107)
  • Khadi Indian Handmade papers (these come in several different textures) (PS103)
  • Daler layout pads in A3 size are good for practicing (P32, P09)
  • A cartridge paper of good quality (P25)

Pens / Nibs / Brushes

  • All sizes of Brause, or Speedball, or Hiro Tape nibs are recommended (N02, N09, N01)
  • Pencil (2H,4H) (S142, PL38)
  • Pointed brush, for loading nib with ink (BR43)
  • Colored pencils (PL05)

Inks / Gouache

  • A good quality Chinese Stick Ink (IS38)
  • Ink Stone
  • Higgins Eternal (I08) is a cheaper substitute, but the Chinese stick ink is highly recommended
  • Colours are optional, Winsor and Newton gouache is recommended (WNG1)


  • T Square (S753)
  • Dividers
  • Compass
  • Scalpel blade (#22 for scraping)
  • Adjustable drawing board
  • Sandarac powder (mortar for grinding) (S123)
  • Ruler (S798)
  • Eraser (E09)
  • Old cloth
  • Water jar (S1005)
  • Guard sheet or cotton glove (as you prefer)
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