Intro to Illumination
6 Tuesdays, May 11, 18, 25; June 1, 8, 15
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST
Live online instruction via Zoom. Classes will be recorded.
Registration required by May 3rd
Can be later, additional shipping charges would apply
This is a nuts-and-bolts class on illumination. We will focus on the tools of the trade, building understanding and proficiency, moving through a series of exercises gaining in complexity over the six classes. Students are taught the ‘how’ so they can apply these skills to whatever style of illumination they want to create.
Some of the subjects we explore:
Proper equipment and set-up
Versals (Large decorated letters)
Gouache (an opaque watercolor)
Drawing with pointed nibs
Creating a border
Homework is designed to practice these skills leading students to be able to look at historical examples and create their own interpretation of a design.
To purchase this class and supplies there are three options. If anything is confusing, please call: 860-413-9041
Supply packets will not be shipped until May 4th
OPTION 1: CLASS ONLY
Handouts will be provided digitally to students. Student will acquire necessary supplies, links and resources are available on the Google doc listed above.
Class fee: $150
OPTION 2: CLASS & ALL SUPPLIES
Includes everything needed for the 6 week class
Class fee $150, Supplies and packet of handouts $95; Shipping $20
Class and Supplies: $265
OPTION 3: CLASS & MIXED SUPPLY PACKET
If you have some supplies, but need others, copy the order form at the supply link above, identify the items you need, email me a copy and I will invoice you for what supplies you need, either through Etsy or PayPal.
In order to assemble all the necessary supplies, please register as soon as possible.
Registration must be received a week in advance. Packages with supplies will be shipped the Monday prior to the start of class. Shipping is approximately $20 of the cost due to the large size of the writing board and paper.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please contact me before registering to determine shipping logistics, cost, timing, etc.
The class will be recorded and made available to students.
TIME: Each 2-hour class is a diverse combination of learning about the art of calligraphy, seeing samples, student lettering and creating projects. There will also be a small assignment given after each class. After each class, homework is assigned to practice the skill that was introduced. This return to lettering is a great way to create the muscle memory that is so important to calligraphy.
Each class also builds on the class before and does not repeat the same information.
Samples of Student Work
Emily: This is a passage that was adapted from one of my favorite books, and that was read at my wedding. I used calm colors that reminded me of earth and space along with a fanciful design to reflect the imagery in the words.
Sue: “I am one of Debby’s faithful students who thinks she is the best teacher she has ever had!!!!”
A sample of where a student took the illumination skills and principles and applied them to the Adinkra symbols from Ghana.
Wendy-Marie: I was so inspired by Debby’s class on Illumination that I made this as a birthday gift for a friend, using all the techniques and samples she shared with us.”