Elmo van Slingerland - Roman Capitals - Oct 26; Nov 2, 9, 16

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Roman capitals—from formal to informal

Elmo van Slingerland


Live (Also recorded for later viewing)

10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16/2022

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM Amsterdam (GMT+02:00)


Intermediate to advanced


How are Roman capitals—the monumental icons of calligraphy—made with a broad-edged pen? Their shapes, which seem to emerge so naturally from the flat brush, seem less natural when you write them with a pen. I would like to show you my method on how to do that.


In making formal Roman capitals, we will focus on making pleasing letterforms and proportions, while employing a delicate technique to apply serifs—all with attention to detail and quality of form. This will be done in a slow, concentrated manner. We will use pen techniques such as pressure-and-release, pen manipulation, and cornering to obtain the desired letter shapes.


Then we will gradually increase the writing speed and write the letters a little faster: how can we make the letters more informal without losing quality of form? From formal to informal, our aim is to make letters with character and strive for sophisticated calligraphy with refinement and lively detail.


Classes will be held in English via Zoom. Live sessions will be recorded for online viewing up to two months after the last day of the workshop.


In the week between each live session, students will have time to practice, ask questions on the class forum, and submit assignments online. Homework feedback will be provided in supplemental video recordings each week."            




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Supply list:

  • Broad-edged pens: ±3 mm (think Speedball C1, C2) and some other smaller and larger sizes. You can use a brand you have experience with, but I prefer Speedball for its flexibility. For smaller sizes (±1mm) I prefer Mitchell nibs. (N09, N04, N02)
  • Paper: Layout paper, preferably A3 size or 11 x 17 inches, such as Daler & Rowney, Borden & Riley #37, Canson Pro Layout Marker, or a similar brand, as long as the paper doesn’t bleed. (P09-50, P32)
    -A pad of slightly textured paper (A3 or 11 x 17 inches) is also a good choice. It gives you more grip while writing, and that can be an advantage (Canson Croquis, Fabriano Schizzi or possibly Strathmore Sketch, though I have no experience with the latter).
    -Use paper that is not too heavy (max 90gsm); you should be able to see a sheet of guidelines under your writing surface. 
  • Ink: A good quality brand of watercolor or gouache, or water-based black ink, as long as it doesn’t bleed or spread (such as Pelikan 4001, Higgins Eternal or Royal Talens Ecoline is also good for practicing. (WNWC1, WNG1, I08, I04, I153) (Ink stick with ink stone is also possible, if that is your preference)
  • A pencil to take notes (PL38, PL21)
  • Rag
  • A simple palette (S679)
  • A brush to mix paint (BR43)
  • Water jar (S1005)

Optional materials for making a completed piece:

  • A sheet or two of good paper of your preference, such as Ingres or watercolor paper (approx. A3 / 11 x 17 inches) (PS22-WHI)