October Calligraphy Workshops at Museo Correr and Correr Public Library in Venice
October 8-9-10, 2016
Writing by Hand: The Art of Coursive
The word “cursive” comes from the Latin “currere” which means “torun” and is widely used in the typographic world to express a certain form and a slant in the shapes of Western letters.
In calligraphy “cursive”hasan entirely different meaning. As Joachim Burgert said “cursive is the movement, flowand emotion of writing. It is the torrent of continuous motion, the life, breath, rhythm of writing. Cursive is a form of dance”. In this course students will explore the specific characteristics of lines: gestural, spontaneous, non retouched, versus controlled and perfected ones and how the sequalities are connected to expressiveness. The importance of calligraphy as a discipline capable of connecting mind and body in deep ways that modern technology cannot do. Students will learn to use both traditional instruments (quill pens) and non-traditional ones(latta-pens). We will begin from the basic rhythms of italic and learn how to introduce simple and complex variations in a single line of writing first, and subsequently in the whole text composition. Students will complete an entirely hand-made book.
October 12-13-14, 2016
Writing by Hand: Writing as a Visual Sound
The forms of writing have developed very differently in different cultures, with extremely creative graphic expressions.
Typography has locked forms into a rigidly defined grid and despite the freedom offered by modern technology, our perception of writing forms is generally confined because the freedom to create new forms is intrinsically connected to the hand and the body. It is therefore thanks to handwriting and calligraphy that we can keep the written forms imagination alive. In this course we’ll look at ancient, pre-typographic scripts from China, India, the Himalayas, Arabia, Persia and Europe to get a sense of the huge and diverse variety of forms. Students will then be guided through exercises with music to get inspirations from sounds, opening up possibilities of connections between sound and mark, between sound and forms of writing. Students will complete an entirely hand-made book.
ps: Those who will attend both workshops can use the italic hand developed in the first to work in the second. Students who will attend the second workshop only and have no knowledge of italic hand, are welcome too.
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Please visit The Art of Handwriting 2014 Photo Album on Flickr