NOT LIVE Chichester: 5 week Copperplate Course for Beginners

£195 including your own Copperplate calligraphy kit to take home.
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NOT LIVE Chichester: 5 week Copperplate Course for Beginners

Time & Location

28 Jun, 14:21 – 16:51 BST
Chichester Studio, The Old Poorhouse, Alandale Road, Birdham, Chichester PO20 7QN, UK

About the Event

Copperplate calligraphy 5-week course - beginner to intermediate level.

This 5-week course will run every Friday at (10 am-12.30 pm) from June 18th - 16th July 2021.

Tutor: Laura Prudence.

If you’ve admired beautiful Copperplate calligraphy and always wished you too could create perfectly formed symmetrical lettering, now's your chance to learn how, as we are able to offer you our best selling online copperplate course  for the first time 'in-person' in our fabulous Chichester HQ studio!  During lockdown Laura has been running this course online for many happy letterers and is delighted to finally be let out of her 'virtual shed' to meet real people again. 

Celebrity calligrapher Kirsten Burke has broken down the techniques and rules of this formal, classic style into easily digestible steps, so if you've been too nervous to try it before, fear not - we’ll make it fun!

Whether you are a complete beginner or looking to improve your style, we will take your Copperplate from basic strokes to writing stunning calligraphic quotes, complete with fabulous flourishes and beautiful envelopes in 5 weeks.

Our expert tutor will take you through everything you need to know including:

  • why and when to use different line guides
  • getting to grips with forming words
  • refine your spacing and rule up and center your work
  • explore simple layouts and go through the process of composition, from the first draft to the final piece
  • what to do when ascenders and descenders bump into each other
  • A whole session devoted to practicing flourishing so that you can feel confident about where and how to add a swirl and a swash
  • Perfecting the art of Envelope addressing.

We'll give you our top tips and simple ways to practice at home and improve muscle memory, building on the skills learned from each lesson to take your calligraphy to the next level.

Everything you need for the course will be supplied. You will work with stunning metallic paints and white ink on a variety of different coloured cards and papers, including placecards, gift tags and envelopes, 

Your Copperplate Calligraphy Kit:

You will also be given your very own Copperplate calligraphy kit to take home: An oblique pen holder and nib, A4 rhodia pad and luscious jet black ink.  

We have a small shop at our studio, stocking some of our favourite calligraphy supplies, including other items that you will have used during your workshop so that you can continue your calligraphy journey at home.

When booking your workshop please give us a mobile telephone contact number so that if we need to cancel for safety reasons at short notice we will be able to contact you!

We are pleased to say that as a COVID secure venue, we are able to continue hosting workshops in our studios. We hope that being able to attend our workshops will give our students a much-needed opportunity to learn and relax in safety when so many other options are unavailable.

We take safety at our workshops seriously and we will do everything necessary to keep you safe and have a great workshop. We have a rigorous workshop hygiene procedure, socially distanced workstations, and practice no-touch teaching.

We ask that you please do not attend if you are feeling ill, or think that you may have been exposed to the virus. You are really welcome to attend a workshop with someone from your bubble but we cannot accept bookings of groups over six. Bubble members will be seated together,  socially distanced from other bubbles and individuals. Please wear a  mask to enter and move around the studio, but you are free to remove your mask if you want when you are seated.

We are continually reviewing our measures as new government guidelines are released, and the latest version of our safety procedures can always be found on our website, including what to expect when you attend a  workshop.

For our up to date health and safety procedures please visit our Keeping You Safe page:

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