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Calligraphy Basics

Nov 09 Through Nov 10 | Sat |

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In this beginners calligraphy workshop, students will choose to focus on either pointed pen or broad-edged letterforms. The emphasis will be on learning how the calligraphic tools form letter strokes and in turn how these strokes create different calligraphic alphabets. Well known pointed pen calligraphy includes Copperplate, Spencerian and modern calligraphy, while broad-edge calligraphy is known for Italic, Roman capitals, blackletter, and Fraktur. By the end of the workshop participants will have learned the basics of calligraphy while focusing on one alphabet of their choice.

About the Instructor:

Karen Gorst is consistently ranked as one of the best living illuminators. She has been ranked as one of the top 100 most influential calligraphers of the entire 20th century, and was named the top calligrapher and manuscript illuminator in Louis Vuitton • Moët Hennessy’s “Made in New York.” She was trained by the best calligraphers and illuminators of our age including Hermann Zapf and Sheila Waters. A past president of the Society of Scribes, NY, she was on the Board of CBA. Her work is in The Brooklyn Children's Museum, The Smithsonian, The Library of Congress (Liljenquist Family Collection), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, and NYPL's Judaica Collection.

Venue: The Center for Book Arts

28 West 27th Street, 3rd floor Map