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Classes are taught by Debby Reelitz in her North Granby studio
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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.
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This 3-week class will introduce the concept of flourishing. We will analyze and experiment with what forms, techniques, exercises and analyses of what makes a flourish beautiful and effective. Much of the class will be hands-on activities designed to reinforce the concepts. All skill levels are welcome. Previous calligraphic experience is not required.
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, teenagers and young students.
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, a one-inch 3 ring binder works great to hold handouts and take notes.
BLACKLETTER: A 90 minute class for youth
Learning Blackletter is a wonderful way to encourage a love of writing! I've been offering calligraphy to youth for the last six 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!
Come learn the art of illumination! Students will learn how to make beautiful, decorated letters and borders, even fanciful creatures like dragons and medieval characters. Proper tools, materials, paper and equipment will be discussed and used. Skills needed for illumination will be broken into small steps that build on each other. Each class introduces critical concepts. Previous calligraphic or painting experience is not required.
Homework is designed to practice these skills leading students to be able to look at historical examples of manuscripts and create their own interpretation of an historical design. There will also be instruction on how to correct mistakes.
Cost: $150. Materials fee to the instructor: $45. The materials fee will include high quality materials including: paint brush, gouache (opaque watercolor paints), palettes, nibs, nib holder, sumi ink and paper. Feel free to bring any calligraphy equipment you already have, though none are required.
ITALIC: Learning the Classic Calligraphic Hand
This six-week course will introduce the fundamentals of the italic lettering style, branching, pen angle, letter height, capitals, etc, all those elements that make Italic the hallmark style of calligraphy.
As a means of opening the door to the vast possibilities of calligraphic design, Debby will also introduce basic design principles, writing with a metal nib, working with goauche and more. Pre-requisite: experience with a broad-edged calligraphy tool (ie: a class in Foundational, Uncial or Blackletter).
Returning students or calligraphers with experience can use this class as an opportunity to continue developing their control of the nib and letterforms and practicing layout and design.
Class fee: $120; Materials fee: $15
LEARN CALLIGRAPHY: A Two-Day Workshop Learning the Uncial Hand
This two-day workshop will introduce the Celtic lettering style known as uncial. Found in the Book of Kells and Lindisfarne Gospels, this beautiful, circular lettering is an excellent opportunity to learn basic lettering skills and gain more control over the pen. Participants will progress through three different writing tools as a way to evaluate their lettering and develop more accurate shapes.
We will also transform our practice into a book with a Japanese style stab binding at the end of the workshop. No calligraphy experience is needed. Class Fee: $120 Materials fee: $28 includes all materials and tools needed. You will go home with a basic set of calligraphy supplies.
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: