Massimo Polello - Order & Chaos, The Secret of the Composition - Jan 25, 26, 28, 2023

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John Neal Books is not hosting this class.

 

ORDER & CHAOS, THE SECRET OF THE COMPOSITION
 Massimo Polello

 

alephma@icloud.com

 

January 25, 26, 28, 2023

Live (Also recorded for later viewing)

06:00 PM - 07:30 PM (Rome Time Zone)

 

"Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds."  

George Santayana

 

According to classical science, the definition of chaos is the absence of order. Order and Disorder, Cosmos and Chaos are etymologically related. Greek myth, in fact, maintains that the cosmos, i.e., the order of the world that is rational and beautiful, always arises out of chaos. 

 

We will use what is called “Chaos Theory” to understand more about what to do with our letters and calligraphy to improve our compositions. I assure you that the discoveries will be very interesting.

 

The first part of the course will focus on Order. The aim will be to present the Roman Letters in their purest form, their construction, proportions, spacing and their "orderly" regular rhythm. But this won't be a workshop on Roman Letters only. We will soon begin to realize that the letters are perhaps not as "in order" as they seem or would like to be. Basic form always depends on luck, time, and the moment of writing.

 

We will then focus on Chaos. We will develop and explore the different ways of executing a freer form of writing, freer in the sense of unexpected, random, and fantastic. This is a form of writing that is driven by instinct, and that comes from the “gut”, writing that arises from Dionysus’ CHAOS, which has apparently no rules. My aim is to encourage every student to develop his/her own technique. 

 

Finally, we will combine in one place both orderly and free elements, Order-Chaos, Apollonian-Dionysian, creating combinations that will reveal unexpected compositions in your work.   

 

We also, at the end as always in my workshops, will make and bind a book of our results exploring Order and Chaos. 

 

LEVEL 

This workshop is open to all levels.

 

THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE CONDUCTED IN ENGLISH. SPACES ARE LIMITED.

 

THE WORKSHOP INCLUDES 

- 6 hours of live online classes 

- NO EXPIRATION DATE unlimited access to video recordings for the entire 3-part session, 

- complete handouts

 

Class Cost: 110 euros

 

For more info or to register: https://massimocalligraphystore.bigcartel.com/product/order-chaos

Questions? polello@lacalligrafia.com or alephma@icloud.com

 

SUGGESTED BASIC SUPPLY LIST (to update)

 

Tools:  

- Speedball from C/1 to C/5 OR Brause or Mitchell from 0.5mm to 3mm (N10-S5) (N02, N04)

- Copperplate pointed pen (any brand and kind) (N120, N70)

- Automatic pen N° 5 or 4 (N27)

- Ruling pen or cola-pen (folding pen) (N22, N30, N208, N155)

- Flat brush of good quality, I suggest Windsor & Newton series 995 No. 3/4 or 1/2 inch (BR01)

 

Medium:

- fluid black ink of your preference, suggested any Sumi ink, Quink ink, alternatively walnut ink (I70, I43)

- extra-fine quality gouache, suggested Talens or Windsor Newton colors of your choice (white or light color required) (WNG1, WNG2, WNG3, WNG4, TG100)

- Bister ink powder or watercolors (one or two colors) (I157) (S1000)

 

Paper/supports:

- 1 sketch pad, 9x12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm), 74-90gsm paper. Paper should have some tooth; not a super smooth paper (recommended/suggested in US/Canada: Canson XL Sketch,). (P108)

 

- 3 to 5 sheets good quality paper,maximum 180 gsm, around 19.5x27.5 inches/50x 70 cm. Recommended/suggested: Arches Text Wove   OR Arches (or Artistico) cold-press watercolor paper , OR Canson Mi-Teintes, mixed light colors as you prefer OR similar papers you already own. (PS01)

 

- 1/2 sheets black paper (or very dark color) 50x70 cm 160/180 gsm. (PS22-BLK)

- **optional** light transparent paper like "pergamin" paper 2 big sheets (PS88-FS)

 

Other 

- Containers for water (S1005) and colors (S1091, S1094), rulers (S270), pencils (PL21, PL38), eraser (E13, E09), etc.

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