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Books by Hand is a calligraphy and bookbinding workshop held in Arezzo, a medieval art city in Tuscany, near Florence. Students study in Monica Dengo’s studio, at the Public Library and State Archive, all located in the city center.

In this unique course students study the historical hands directly from the sources: manuscripts, documents, correspondence. They also develop their own hands, experimenting with forms, inks, instruments, papers. Each student completes at least a couple of books, but often they are able to go home with several.

We will study XVI to XVIII century correspondence and documents written in a multiplicity of italic hands. We will also have the opportunity to study directly on manuscripts from various periods, paying special attention to spacing and page design. Students will then develop their own personal italic hands, taking special care about letters and line spacing, page design, rhythm. We will study and experiment with the different possibilities of writing fluently and legibly or more expressively and experimentally.
At the end of this workshop students will learn how to make a folded book for their notes and studies and a sewn book for all the experimental works. They will learn how to use the right papers and make the sewing, and how to measure, mark, fold, cut and make the covers with handmade paper.

Students from many parts of the world have participated in this workshop which has become a well known event among lettering artists, calligraphers and bookbinding lovers.

PARTICIPANTS
The workshop is open to all lovers of handwriting, to calligraphers, artists and designers. Students will be followed individually by the instructor, therefore the workshop is open to all levels. The class is limited to a maximum of 7 students.Tuition will be in English.

 

DATES
Saturday October 29: arrival within 7pm. Dinner with the students.
Sunday October 30: Lessons begin at 9:30am, end at 4:30 pm (lunch break at 1pm).
Monday October 31: Lessons begin at 9:30am, end at 4:30 pm (lunch break at 1pm).
Tuesday November 1: Lessons begin at 9:30am, end at 4:30 pm (lunch break at 1pm).
Wednesday November 2: Free.
Thursday November 3: Lessons begin at 9:30am, end at 4:30 pm (lunch break at 1pm).
Friday November 4: Lessons begin at 9:30am, end at 4:30 pm (lunch break at 1pm).
Saturday November 5: Lessons begin at 9:30am, end at 4:30 pm (lunch break at 1pm).

 

INFORMATION and COST

Registration by May 15, 2016. For more information contact me at: info@monicadengo.com

LOCATION
Arezzo is located 1 hour train to Florence, 2 hours train to Rome.


ACCOMMODATION
The B&B is not included in the fee.
We suggest to contact the B&B la Corte del Re www.lacortedelre.com  where most students have accommodated during these past years. You can also check others B&B or small apartments in the historical center by searching www.tripadvisor.it.