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Classes are taught by Debby Reelitz in her North Granby studio
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Winter classes are listed below. There will not be a spring class session in 2017. My studio will be getting overhauled.
A NOTE ABOUT WINTER CLASSES: Please, don't let the winter weather intimidate you! It's the best time of year to take a class since schedules aren't as full. There's more time to be still and enjoy the process of learning calligraphy. If there's snow, we reschedule the class, so when you sign up, pencil in a couple of more weeks after the class officially ends in case we need to make up a snow day.
Illumination: Learning the Medieval Art of Beautiful Versals and Borders
Come learn the art of illumination! Students will learn how to make beautiful, decorated letters and borders. Learning the basic step by step process opens the doors to many styles and designs. Proper tools, materials, paper and equipment will be discussed and used. There will also be instruction on how to correct mistakes. Homework will allow students to practice and develop skills introduced in class.
Cost: $130. Materials fee to the instructor: $35. The materials fee will include a high quality paint brush, gouache, palettes, nibs, sumi ink, color copies of samples, and paper. Feel free to bring any calligraphy equipment you already have, though none are required. Previous calligraphic experience is not required.
Due to the supplies that need to be ordered, class registration must be in by: January 10, 2017
BLACKLETTER: An Introduction to a Dramatic Calligraphic Style
Learning Blackletter is a wonderful way to encourage a love of writing! I've been offering calligraphy to young students for the last three years and been so thrilled at how even reluctant students have fallen in love with the beauty and challenge of learning Blackletter calligraphy. It develops important skills like careful observation, fine motor skills, patience with handwriting, quiet practice and concentration. They don't realize they are getting all those benefits, they just enjoy making really cool letters!
Blackletter is also known as the Gothic style. It is a classic, dramatic, lettering style and a great way to introduce your child to the broad edge nib. Students will write with a metal nib, work with goauche (opaque watercolor) & more. We will complete a project with the skills we learn. This is an excellent class for young students and teenagers.
Adults and older students are also welcome, they will be given work that can be done independently with some teacher guidance. Students in 3rd grade or above generally do well--don't hesitate to call with questions.
Class fee: $80. Materials fee to the instructor: $15. Supply list will be provided during the first class.
INTRODUCTION TO CALLIGRAPHY
The course will introduce the fundamentals of the foundational lettering style, writing with a metal nib, working with goauche & more.
While the italic hand is very popular & most often identified with calligraphy, many, including the world-renowned Sheila Waters, are firm believers that calligraphers that start with the foundational hand will have greater control & experience faster development of their lettering skills. We will also create a Japanese-style book that highlights the techniques learned in class. This is an excellent class for adults and teenagers.
Cost: $120. Materials fee to the instructor: $15. Please do not purchase any supplies ahead of time. Feel free to bring any calligraphy supplies you already have (if you have any) to the first class to add to our discussion, but supplies will be ordered at the first class and available the second week. Debby will supply the materials you need the first week. Though bring a notebook for your notes.
To reserve a spot in a class, please call 860-413-9041 to make sure space is still available and mail a $20 deposit to Debby Reelitz; 24 Silkey Road; North Granby CT 06060. The remaining amount is due the first day of class.
If you are left-handed and interested in doing calligraphy, you CAN do it. There are left-handed professional calligraphers out there.
Yes, there are challenges to being left-handed and using the broad edged tool, but there are many tricks to get around them. To be honest, it does mean extra time and experimentation to learn what works best for you. So, what I like to do for lefties is send them a small booklet to read before coming to class so you can get a preview on some of the tricks of the trade. When you register, just let me know you are left-handed so I can send you the book. I do ask that it be returned for future lefties taking classes. Here's some basic ideas to start: