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Classes are taught by Debby Reelitz in her North Granby studio
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FLOURISHING: Doodles with Daring and Dash!
To see a video with a simple explanation of what a flourish is, click on the image or this link
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.
Cost: $75. Includes materials.
UNCIAL: An Introduction to an Irish Calligraphic Style
Learning calligraphy is a wonderful way to encourage a love of writing! I've been offering calligraphy to young students for the last four years and been so thrilled at how even reluctant students have fallen in love with the beauty and challenge of learning 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!
The course will introduce the fundamentals of the uncial lettering style, writing with a metal nib, & creating projects with their calligraphy skills. We will also create a book that highlights the techniques learned in class.
Cost: $70. Materials fee: $18.
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 incase we need to make up a snow day.
INTRO to ILLUMINATION
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. 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: $40. The materials fee will include a 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. Previous calligraphic experience is not required.
COPPERPLATE: An Introduction to Script Lettering
The course will introduce script lettering in the copperplate style. We'll use an oblique nib holder, pointed nibs, ink and gouache. Previous calligraphy experience is not required for this course. We will also create a handmade book featuring the lettering learned in the course.
Cost: $120. Materials fee of $30 includes all the supplies necessary for class (collected during first class).
BLACKLETTER: Introducing a Classic, Decorative Calligraphic Hand
Come learn Blackletter which is also known as the Gothic style! It is a classic, dramatic, lettering style and a great way to introduce yourself 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 class is beneficial for beginners as well as continuing students.
GILDING: How to use gold leaf and metal foils
Over the course of three mornings, we will learn about gold leaf, its role in illuminated manuscripts, both historical and contemporary, and of course, learn how to use it ourselves. We will be using a modern gilding base, not the traditional gesso. We will work on both flat and dimensional bases. We'll also briefly touch on metal leaf and its possibilities. Calligraphy experience is not required. The techniques taught would be valuable for any artist looking to incorporate genuine gold into their artworks.
Cost: $80; materials fee of $30 includes, gilding base, 6 sheets of 23K patent gold, paper and additional art supplies. A book of 23K patent gold (25 sheets) is available for $65 (cost subject to change based on current price of gold).
Registration required by April 14th to ensure adequate supplies.
INTRODUCTION TO CALLIGRAPHY--Early Summer Intensive-2 weeks of study
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 young students, adults and teenagers.
There will be homework assigned for non-class days. Please carve out time to complete the homework assignments. Time spent lettering on non-class days will greatly enhance what you get out of the class.
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: