14/05 - Automatic Pen, exclusive online with Master Calligrapher Kirsten Burke
A rare and exclusive opportunity to learn with Kirsten Burke - £100
Time & Location
14 May 2024, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
About the Event
Gestural Automatic Pen Calligraphy - Discover how to form expressive lettering, using an automatic pen.
Kirsten Burke is known for her gestural, mark-making aesthetic - a style that lends itself perfectly to the speed and energy involved in automatic pen lettering. She will show you how the creativity and gestures of the scribe, along with the splashes and splatters of the pen, come together to form a one-of-a-kind, spectacular work of art.
When you book, you will be asked to give her up to three words/names you would like to be made into an artwork. Kirsten will turn them into an original piece that will arrive with your workshop kit.
This special workshop explores the sensory reactions we have to hand-lettering, throwing light on the exciting balance between happy accidents and pen control. With the right amount of force, an automatic pen lifts on its edge to create a hairline that can become a flourish, and if you work quickly, splashes of ink will fire from it when the corner of the blade catches on the surface of your paper and create an eye-catching spray of colour!
In the mid-1950s, most posters for shops were lettered using a brush. Originally invented as a tool for creating large-scale lettering, the automatic pen was designed to replace the brush lettering and ‘automatically’ do the solid, thick downstroke. Popular with Blackletter calligraphers, they can be used to create medieval styles that work in the same way as a broad-edged nib.
You will also look at how to form an alphabet using fast, frantic marks, layers of colour and dynamic lettering - you'll look at the small 'caps' alphabet, which can be created with a brush or nib to complement the artwork you complete.
By the end of your time with Kirsten, not only will you feel fantastically inspired and empowered to continue creating expressive, confident lettering, you'll have created your very own artwork to enjoy (or perhaps gift to a loved one) along with the memories of time spent with a true master of their discipline.
In advance of your workshop, you will receive:
- A3 traditional white Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper (this is extremely high quality, mould-made, 100% cotton paper that is both chlorine and acid-free.
- Size 5 automatic pen
- Beautiful red, blue and yellow pigment ink
- A small paintbrush
You will be asked to provide your name (or the name you'd like Kirsten to write for your template) during the booking process.
Included within this ticket price is postage to the UK mainland only, no Islands or Highlands. For other UK and international locations, please email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and workshop/course title and date you would like to attend and she will be able to let you know the additional postage charge and eta for your kit via Royal Mail.
PLEASE NOTE Once your kit has been posted, workshop tickets are not refundable. This does not affect your statutory rights.
This workshop will be hosted via Zoom. Your Zoom invite will come with your booking email confirmation, and we'll send it to you in your reminder email 3 days before your workshop. Please check your Spam folder in case the emails end up in there.
- Ticket type
Automatic Pen Livestream
This is a paperless ticketing system so there is no need to bring a ticket with you. Your full kit will be posted prior to the event start date.Price£100.00