Category: Major Workshops

March 2018 Major Workshop

On March 3-4, British calligrapher James “Fazz” Farrell presented a great major workshop entitled “Contemporary Pointed Pen”. James’ pointed pen style is a development of the classical English Round Hand and Spencerian hands. Inspired by his interests in cosmology, astrophysics and the complex polyrhythms heard in heavy metal music, James builds on the traditional strokes and shapes using specialized arm techniques. After practicing traditional penmanship exercises dating back to the late 1800s, students produced some beautiful penwork with added color and expression.

 

A sample of James’ expressive work
JB Branzon’s Initials in Fazz Style
The class participants and their work at Discovery School, James can be seen in the upper right

October 2017 Major Workshop – Ken Harris

In October, a major workshop entitled “Traditional Raised and Burnished Gesso Gilding” was presented by noted calligrapher and artist, Ken Harris. Ken demonstrated the mixing and application of white lead gesso using recipes and techniques that date back to the middle ages. Under Ken’s guidance, students then produced amazing projects of their own design applying gesso and 24k gold leaf.

More students working hard
Student work
Mixing the tablets of gesso, to be used in the process of medieval gilding
Letter L. Student Work
More of Ken’s gilding, calligraphy and painting
Student work, color will be added
Another gorgeous A, student work
Gilded and painted letter A. Student Work
Preliminary work on the student’s A
More of Ken’s Work
The gesso base is on the paper, but the 24k gold leaf has not been laid yet. Student Work
A letter made with a ruling pen. The negative space will be gilded. Done by Ken
The mixing of white lead gesso. The recipe is 900 years old, just as the monks did it
This lettering was done with a ruling pen on papyrus. Gilded Harris by Ken
A Table of very hard working students, using a feather quill to put on the liquid gesso, to lay the gold on
Ken working

Major Workshop – May 2017 – Visigothic Versals

Risa taught us all about Visigothic Versals, using first pencil drafts of our quote, then inked drafts, and finally an inked draft with a capital letter and color as well. Everyone was successful in this class, and several works from class became Exhibit pieces at our recent show at the Library.

Use the arrows to scroll through photos from the workshop.

Example work from Risa’s Workshop