Foundations of Calligraphy / Sheila Waters

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B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters. (2006) 2018. 134pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding

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Sheila Waters is a master scribe and a master teacher. For over thirty years of her summer workshops, Sheila has taken scribes through their paces for a week or more of in-depth instruction in letterforms (historical and modern). Students have come from as far away as Australia and Japan for these intensive classes. And for many years, she taught numerous weekend workshops sponsored by calligraphy guilds throughout the USA and Canada and was a frequent instructor at the international conference held each summer. In Foundations, Sheila provides insightful analysis of forms and construction, taking the mystery out of learning calligraphy. You learn how to analyze a script, which helps you toward mastery of an alphabet. In the 110 pages of exemplar alphabets, instruction, and hints, Sheila shares with you the knowledge she has gathered over her years of study and practice. The presentation is honed by her long experience teaching calligraphers how to advance their skill and art. This 4th printing, much revised from the 2006 printing, now has a 16-page color gallery of Sheila's work.

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The bible for my calligraphy work!
Mar 31, 2014  |  By Masayo F.
I got Sheila's book a couple of years ago, and it's been the bible for my calligraphy work. When questions arise, it always provides answers.

My #1 gift to give to calligraphers
Sep 28, 2015  |  By Sandra Austin
I've been in love with "Roundel of the Seasons" since the first time I saw it, and this book is in my top 5 All-Time Best Calligraphy/Illumination books. I give them as gifts (and to replace my "loaners'...)

Sep 18, 2019  |  By Kay
I am a mere two pages in (excluding forward & intro etc). I may take this book every I go on the off chance I will have 10 spare minutes. WOw

Sheila Waters
Oct 22, 2021  |  By John
I attended one of Sheila Water's summer sessions taught at her home when she lived in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She was an incredible teacher and her book is the best one for traditional calligraphic hands.

great book
Dec 13, 2021  |  By Stephen
This is a great book with excellent instructions and ample exemplars to work from. I recommend this book for anyone looking to take their skills from beginner to intermediate level.

A Gift to All Calligraphers
Dec 13, 2021  |  By Francine
Sheila was trained in her native England and her move here decades ago changed the course of calligraphy in this country. She is the end all and be all of classic letterform. She has been a tireless and demanding teacher for so many years through her summer classes (now co-taught with Julian Waters) and at conferences and workshops; her influence is inestimable. This book is a gift to all who will never have a chance to study with her personally -- and everyone who has.

a treasure
Dec 14, 2021  |  By janice k
This book is a treasure! It is a beautiful and helpful guide for the serious student of calligraphy with an abundance of alphabets and a wonderful gallery of works by Sheila. I keep Foundations of Calligraphy by my desk.

The bible of broad edge pen calligraphy
Dec 15, 2021  |  By Linda
This is definitely "the bible" of broad edge calligraphy. You can't start at a better place than with Sheila's book!

Foundations of Calligraphy
Dec 16, 2021  |  By Tatiana
For broad-pen calligraphy, this book is a must-have.

First recommendation
Dec 18, 2021  |  By Gary B
Sheila's Foundations book is my absolutely first recommendation to calligraphers and lettering artists of all ability levels!!

One of the best!
Dec 18, 2021  |  By Sandy
I've been a calligrapher for close to fifty years, and, yes, even now find I need a good reference book to refer to at times, and Sheila's book is usually it. Foundations of Calligraphy is one of the best and should be in every calligrapher's library. Sandy

Marvelous Book
Jan 14, 2022  |  By Gerry
Am so happy to own this marvelous book - and a copy of the Sheila's Roundel of the Seasons, always in pride of place on my wall. A treasure!

Perfect for Everyone
Jan 14, 2022  |  By Mary Z
A wonderful book . . . perfect for everyone . . . from budding calligraphers to those who just want to brush up on their skills.